Quentin E. Hodgson

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Senior International/Defense Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in history and Russian language, The Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in international relations, The Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies; M.Sc. in national resource management, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

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Quentin Hodgson (he/him) is a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation focusing on cybersecurity, cyber operations, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, and command & control. He is also a member of the faculty at Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has led projects for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and NATO's Allied Command Transformation. He came to RAND in 2017 from the MITRE Corporation, where he led projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department on strategic planning, cybersecurity, and capacity building. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at the Department of Defense in a variety of strategy and policy positions, including serving as the Director for Cyber Plans, Operations and Programs from 2011 to 2014. He was the principal author of secretary of Defense Robert Gates's National Defense Strategy and led efforts to reform the Department's approach to force planning and analysis after the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an M.Sc. in national resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and was a Fulbright scholar affiliated with the University of Potsdam, Germany.  

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Medal Award, RAND


German; Russian