Marta Kepe

Marta Kepe
Senior Defense Analyst


M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service


Marta Kepe is a senior defense analyst at RAND. Her research interests include defence policy and planning, defence industry and technology, national resilience, civilian-based resistance, unconventional warfare, and NATO and EU cooperation, European and transatlantic security, and Russia. Kepe’s work focuses on European defense, Russia, and great power competition and irregular warfare in different regions of the world. Much of Kepe’s work relates to understanding military and grey zone threats, the intersection of military and civilian words for building resilience against external occupation and grey zone threats, and to the generation of capabilities during a military crisis or war.

Kepe previously worked for RAND Europe, where she researched European future capability needs, military and civilian technological landscape, and multinational collaboration across military equipment life cycle. She has also worked for the Latvian Ministry of Defence, NATO Advisory Team in Kosovo, the United Nations, and the National War College.

She received her MA in MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 2023 she was selected for the Irregular Warfare Fellowship at the Irregular Warfare Initiative, Modern War Institute, USMA.

Kepe is also a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is an associate adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Selected Publications

Kepe, Marta, Alyssa Demus, Resisting Russia: Insights into Ukraine's Civilian-Based Actions During the First Four Months of the War in 2022, RAND Corporation (RR-A2034-1), 2023

Kepe, Marta, Logistics and Sustainment in the Russian Armed Forces, RAND Corporation (RR-A2523-1), 2023

Kepe, Marta, Elina Treyger, Christian Curriden, Raphael S. Cohen, Kurt Klein, Ashley L. Rhoades, Erik Schuh, and Nathan Vest, Great-Power Competition and Conflict in Africa, RAND Corporation (RR-A969-2), 2023

Kepe, Marta, Richard Flint, and Julia Muravska, Future collaboration opportunities for light and medium multirole helicopters in Europe, RAND Corporation (RR-3034-EDA), 2019

Binnendijk, Anika, Marta Kepe, Civilian-Based Resistance in the Baltic States: Historical Precedents and Current Capabilities, RAND Corporation (RR-A198-3), 2021

Marta Kepe, James Black, Jack Melling, Jessica Plumridge, Exploring Europe's Capability Requirements for 2035 and Beyond, European Defense Agency (EP-6656), 2018

Posard, Marek N., Marta Kepe, Hilary Reininger, James V. Marrone, Todd C. Helmus, and Jordan R. Reimer, From Consensus to Conflict: Understanding Foreign Measures Targeting U.S. Elections, RAND Corporation (RR-A704-1), 2020

Flanagan, Stephen J., Jan Osburg, Anika Binnendijk, Marta Kepe, and Andrew Radin, Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States Through Resilience and Resistance, RAND Corporation (RR-2779), 2019


Latvian; Russian; French