Adam R. Grissom

Senior Political Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; B.A. in political science, Augustana College

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Adam Grissom is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. His work focuses on special operations. Current RAND projects support current operations, force planning for U.S. and allied special operations aviation assets, and aviation foreign internal defense. Grissom’s academic work focuses on military innovation. Prior to joining RAND in 2000 he was a civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in political science from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

Recent Projects

  • Special operations
  • Force planning
  • Special mission aviation
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa