Jeff Hagen

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Senior Engineer
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington; B.S. in engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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Jeff Hagen is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His research areas include technological systems analysis and strategic policy and decisionmaking. Much of his work involves modeling and simulation of military forces, including the effects of advanced weapon systems, intelligence, command and control, and information operations. His recent publicly-available RAND publications include The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1996–2017 (Heginbotham et al., 2015); Shaking the Heavens and Splitting the Earth: Chinese Air Force Employment Concepts in the 21st Century (Cliff et al., 2011); and Potential Effects of Chinese Aerospace Capabilities on U.S. Air Force Operations (testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2010). Earlier in his career, Hagen worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and at the University of Washington, where his research focused on turbulent fluid flows. He received his M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington and his B.S. in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Recent Projects

  • Future of the Combat Air Forces
  • Evolution of the Long Range Strike Force
  • Transitioning Air Force ISR from Permissive to Contested Environments
  • Training for Cyber Resiliency