Quentin E. Hodgson

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Senior International/Defense Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.Sc. in national resource management, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; M.A. in international relations, The Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies; B.A. in history and Russian language, The Johns Hopkins University

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Quentin Hodgson 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, the Department of State, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force 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
  • Silver Medal Award, RAND


German; Russian

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: 1310 News; CNBC; Macdonald Laurier Institute; VoiceAmerica


  • U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the Colonial Pipeline shutdown at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 13, 2021, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    How the United States Can Deter Ransomware Attacks

    To rein in ransomware attacks, the United States needs to upend the risk-reward ratio for hackers and for the countries that harbor or support them. Such a strategy would make networks harder to breach, hit back harder against hackers, and claw back gains from those who succeed.

    Aug 9, 2021 Los Angeles Times

  • An election worker places mail-in ballots into a voting box at a drive-through drop off location in San Diego, California, October 19, 2020, photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

    Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of the Vote

    The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the U.S. election into disarray coming on top of disruptions to traditional campaigning and the increased burden on election officials. Still, with careful planning, the election can be held with integrity, while keeping the American electorate safe. But it will require everyone to help.

    Oct 23, 2020 The Baltimore Sun

  • Voters prepare to cast their ballot in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2, 2020, photo by Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters

    Keep Voters Healthy. Keep Elections Secure. Can the U.S. Do Both?

    U.S. adversaries have stepped up cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns. The United States should expect these foes to take advantage of the logistical challenges of voting in a COVID-19 world to redouble their efforts against elections.

    Jun 22, 2020 The Baltimore Sun

  • A sign hangs on a door stating that it does not need to be cleaned, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2020, photo by Alexander Drago/Reuters

    During Coronavirus Pandemic, Can Congress Members Do Their Jobs by Teleworking?

    The COVID-19 pandemic presents a new challenge to how Congress conducts business. How can the United States leverage existing technologies so lawmakers can continue to work safely and securely?

    Apr 6, 2020 Fox News Channel

  • Woman using smartphone and laptop with icon graphic cyber security network of connected devices and personal data security

    Helping Small Businesses Deal with Cyber Threats

    Small businesses are especially vulnerable to cyber threats. What can be done to provide small businesses the security to continue to prosper, while enhancing America's cybersecurity workforce and making the economy more secure?

    Sep 15, 2017 Inside Sources