Daniel Gonzales

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Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in theoretical physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in physics, Stanford University

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Daniel Gonzales is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has expertise in command and control, and communications (C3) systems; electronic warfare (EW), cyber security, digital forensics, critical Infrastructure protection, and emergency communications. He has examined technical and policy issues for such systems for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) and the Intelligence Community (IC). For the Army he has examined threats to military C3 capabilities and recommended a range of steps the DoD can take to assure the command of military forces in high threat environments. He is one of several principal investigators (PIs) of a Office of Naval Research technology development effort that is developing new EW capabilities for Navy ship defense.

Dan is PI of an NIJ study developing distributed computing tools to accelerate digital forensics. For the IC he has examined cyber security issues, developed relevant prototypes, and tested relevant systems. For DHS he has examined the geo-targeting capabilities of the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system and the cyber security of cloud computing systems. He is lead author of several academic, DHS, and RAND publications, including Cloud-Trust - a Security Assessment Model for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds (Transactions in Cloud Computing, IEEE) and the DHS Wireless Emergency Alert Penetration Strategy (DHS, 2014). He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in Physics from Stanford University.

Recent Projects

  • Remote access system monitoring
  • Cyber security of cloud computing systems
  • DoD biometric matching system needs and system options
  • Mission command in contested environments
  • Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) mobile penetration strategy

Selected Publications

Gonzales, D., Gulden, T., Strong, A., Hoyle, W., Cost-Benefit Analysis of Proposed California Oil and Gas Refinery Regulations, RAND Corp. (RR-1421), 2016

Gonzales, D., et al., "Cloud-Trust - a Security Assessment Model for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds," IEEE Transactions in Cloud Computing, 99


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    U.S. Needs a New Electronic Identity-Protection Strategy to Prevent 'Hybrid Warfare' Attacks

    The U.S. government needs to develop a strategy to protect its citizens that includes a unique identifying number or code and a method for protecting these identity keys in online transactions.

    Jul 6, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    Preventing Cyber Attacks: Sharing Information About Tor

    While Tor has many benefits, it is also used to hide criminal activity online such as the recent cyber attacks against JPMorgan Chase and Sony Pictures. The U.S. government should share the IP addresses of Tor network nodes with U.S. critical infrastructure and financial firms so that future cyber attacks could be prevented.

    Dec 17, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Customs and Border Protection officer Ballard inspects a motorist's passport at the San Ysidro border crossing between Mexico and the U.S. in San Ysidro, California

    Saving Money by Using Advanced DoD Sensors on the U.S. Border

    There is no legal reason why a DoD sensor should be excluded from use in an interagency technology demonstration or in an actual counterdrug operation as long as a valid request for support is made by an appropriate law enforcement official and no personally identifiable or private information on U.S. citizens is collected.

    Jun 6, 2014

  • Pro-Russian armed men level automatic rifles near the local police headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, April 29, 2014

    Exposing Russia's Covert Actions

    It is paramount that U.S. and European officials and the people of Ukraine understand the true situation on the ground and the extent of covert Russian operations in eastern Ukraine.

    Apr 29, 2014 U.S. News & World Report

  • Can You Hear Libya Now?

    The U.S. and its allies could help Libyans communicate with the outside world by deploying cellphone base stations on aircraft or tethered balloons, write Dan Gonzales and Sarah Harting.

    Mar 5, 2011 The New York Times