Marta Kepe

Analyst
Cambridge Office

Education

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

Overview

Marta Kepe is an analyst at RAND Europe working on defence, security and infrastructure; specifically, she focuses on a range of European and transatlantic defence and security issues. She specialises on European conventional and unconventional defence, European and transatlantic defence policies and planning, European defence industry and technology as well as NATO, EU and Nordic-Baltic security issues.

Prior to joining RAND, she worked for the Latvian Ministry of Defence. Kepe's previous experience also includes working on defence sector reform processes in the Western Balkans, security sector reform processes, international armaments and defence sector accountability respectively at the NATO Advisory Team in Kosovo, the United Nations and the National War College.

She received her M.A. in security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Recent Projects

  • Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations
  • NATO, Russia and the European Member States' contributions to the Alliance in the land domain
  • Unconventional Options for the Defense of the Baltic States
  • Strategic Exercise for the Arctic region
  • Defence and security after Brexit: Understanding the possible implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU

Commentary

  • Belgian army Special Forces during a military exercise organised by the European Defence Agency at Florennes airbase, Belgium, November 30, 2016

    The Lack of Clarity Over Medical Support for Light Footprint Operations and How It Could Be Solved

    Early identification and planning for medical support for EU-led military operations are vital to saving lives, treating injuries and keeping personnel healthy. Common standards would ensure high-quality and consistent medical support regardless of which country is providing it.

    Sep 19, 2017 Pan European Networks

  • Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer visits the Bemowo Piskie Training Area near Orzysz, Poland, where U.S., U.K., and Romanian soldiers support NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence, May 5, 2017

    NATO: Prepared for Countering Disinformation Operations in the Baltic States?

    NATO alliance countries deploying to the Baltics should prepare to deal with increasing levels of disinformation. An open and robust communication strategy could be crucial in tackling a sophisticated Russian disinformation campaign aimed at disrupting support for these deployments.

    Jun 7, 2017 European Geostrategy

  • A Lithuanian army soldier holds the national flag during the NATO Force Integration Unit inauguration event in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 3, 2015

    'If You Want Peace, Prepare for Resistance'

    Lithuania's government issued a guide on how its citizens can resist a potential Russian invasion and occupation. Resistance is a key element of the “Total Defense” strategy all three Baltic states have been pursuing, spurred on by Russian aggression.

    Nov 22, 2016 The National Interest

  • Partner nations parading their colors at the opening ceremony of Combined Endeavor 2014 in Grafenwohr, Germany

    NATO Decides to 'Troop the Colours' As Symbol of Deterrence in the Baltics

    At its Warsaw summit in July, NATO agreed to establish a permanent rotating presence of its troops in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The decision may be interpreted as NATO's commitment to take its Baltic members' concerns seriously.

    Jul 28, 2016 European Geostrategy

Publications