Gregory S. Jones

Gregory S. Jones
Adjunct Defense Policy Analyst


A.B. in biology, University of Chicago

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Gregory S. Jones is an adjunct defense policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. His research has focused on the potential for terrorists and hostile countries to acquire and use nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons, and the formulation of policies and actions to control and counter these weapons. He is author or coauthor of more than 100 reports and articles.

Selected Publications

Stephen J. Carroll et al., Distribution of Losses from Large Terrorist Attacks Under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, RAND Corporation (MG-427), 2001

Jones, Gregory S., From Testing to Deploying Nuclear Forces: The Hard Choices Facing India and Pakistan, RAND Corporation (IP-192), 2000

Chow, Brian G., Gregory S. Jones, Managing Waste With and Without Plutonium Separation, RAND Corporation (P-8035), 1999

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Voice of America


  • Terrorism

    ISIS and Dirty Bombs

    There has been growing concern that terrorists might use radiological sources to create a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD). Calculations have shown that an attack would be unlikely to produce radioactive contamination sufficient to kill or even injure anyone, but there would be psychological and economic effects.

    Jun 3, 2016

    The Cipher Brief

  • United States

    Questions After the First U.S. Bank Takeover by a Chinese State-Controlled Company

    In considering foreign application to acquire U.S. companies, the United States needs to consider both risks as well as benefits in both defense and economic dimensions, write Charles Wolf, Jr., Brian Chow, Gregory Jones, and Scott Harold.

    May 15, 2012

    The RAND Blog and