Beth Grill

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Senior Policy Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.A. in international studies, Johns Hopkins University


Beth Grill is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation with eighteen years of experience conducting national security policy research.  She has been a principal investigator and lead author of a series of key studies security cooperation and partner nation assessment for the US Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Combatant Commands.  She recently published a report on DoD security cooperation spending for the Office of Secretary of Defense and study on the enhancement partner nation capacity to support medical operations in denied environments for the U.S. European Command. Grill has a Master's degree in Middle East studies and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She served as a Presidential Management Fellow and as a policy analyst at the US Department of Commerce, where she concentrated on export controls of chemical and biological weapons precursors.

Recent Projects

  • Enhancing Partner Nation Medical Capabilities through Targeted Investment and Engagement in EUCOM
  • Follow the Money: Promoting Transparency in U.S. DoD Security Cooperation Reporting
  • Security Cooperation in a Strategic Competition,
  • U.S. Air Force Security Cooperation Metrics project
  • Security Cooperation Strategic Evaluation

Selected Publications

Beth Grill, Michael J. McNerney, Jeremy Boback, Renanah Miles, Cynthia Clapp-Wincek, and David Thaler, Follow the Money: Promoting Greater Transparency in Department of Defense Security Cooperation Reporting, RAND (RR-2039-OSD), 2017 (forthcoming)

David Thaler, Michael McNerney, Beth Grill, Jeffrey P. Marquis, Amanda Kadlec, From Patchwork to Framework: A Review of Title 10 Authorities for Security Cooperation, RAND (RR-2113), 2016

Christopher Paul, Michael Nixon, Heather Peterson, Beth Grill, Jessica Yeats, RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Matching Tool, RAND (RR-393/1), 2013

David Thaler, Beth Grill, Jefferson P. Marquis, Jennifer D. P. Moroney, Stephanie Pezard, Factoring Security Cooperation into Core U.S. Air Force Decisionmaking Processes: Incorporating Impact in Planning, Programming and Capability Development , RAND (RR-2351-AF), 2016

Christopher Paul, Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Beth Grill, Colin P. Clarke, Lisa Saum-Manning, Heather Peterson, Brian Gord, What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity in Challenging Contexts?RAND (RR-937), 2015

Christopher Paul, Russell Glenn, Beth Grill, Megan Mckernan, Barbara Raymond, Matt Stafford, and Horacio Truijillo, "Identifying Urban Flashpoints: A Delphi-Derived Model for Scoring Cities' Vulnerability to Large-Scale Unrest," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 31(11), 2008

Christopher Paul, Colin Clarke, Beth Grill, Molly Dunigan, Paths to Victory: Lessons from Modern Insurgencies, RAND (RR-291/1), 2013

Alan Vick, Adam Grissom, William Rosenau, Beth Grill, Karl Mueller, Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions., RAND (MG-509), 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Journal Article of the Year (2013) for "Qualitative Comparative Analysis of 30 Insurgencies" with Christopher Paul and Colin Clarke, Military Operations and Research Society (MORS)