Adam R. Grissom

Senior Political Scientist
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Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.P.P. in public policy, 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 RAND. His work focuses on special operations, airpower, and innovation. Current RAND projects inform ongoing operations in Africa and Afghanistan, force planning for U.S. and allied special operations units, and technology assessment for emerging special mission areas. Grissom's academic work focuses on the field-level dynamics of military innovation. Prior to joining RAND 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 M.P.P. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in political science from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.