Katherine L. Kidder

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Associate Political Scientist
Off Site Office


MA in security studies, Kansas State University; BS in history, Kansas State University


Katherine Kidder is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research specializations include DoD institutional and organizational design and management; military recruitment, retention, and talent management policy; professional military education; military readiness; and ground force concept development. Her current research includes an evaluation of DOPMA modernization efforts; the role of service culture in generating flag and general officers; and an examination of potential leading indicators that may assist the Department of Defense in preventing Class A accidents. She has testified before the Congressionally mandated National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Her work has been funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Prior to joining RAND, Kidder was a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security focusing on military personnel policy, defense legislation and budgeting, and civil-military relations. She spearheaded the CNAS Women in National Security research portfolio, and led the Rebuilding the Bipartisan Defense Consensus Project.

Kidder is completing her Ph.D. in Security Studies from Kansas State University.

Selected Publications

Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder, Amy Schafer, and Andrew Swick, AVF 4.0: The Future of the All-Volunteer Force, Center for a New American Security, 2017

Katherine Kidder, Amy Schafer, Phillip Carter, and Andrew Swick, From College to Cabinet: Women in National Security, Center for a New American Security, 2017

Katherine Kidder, The Hard Questions About Selective Service Have Nothing to do with Women in Combat, War on the Rocks, 2016

David Barno, Nora Bensahel, Katherine Kidder, and Kelley Sayler, Battlefields and Boardrooms: Women's Leadership in the Military and the Private Sector, Center for a New American Security, 2015

David Barno, Nora Bensahel, Katherine Kidder, and Kelley Sayler, Building Better Generals, Center for a New American Security, 2013