Bradley Knopp

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Senior International / Defense Researcher
Washington Office


BA in political science, Furman University; MA in political science, Georgetown University; Cert in national security studies, National War College


Brad Knopp joined RAND in July 2013 after a 33 year career at the Defense Intelligence Agency. His research focuses on national security policy and intelligence analysis and operations issues. During his career at DIA, he served in operational, analytic and liaison assignments. From 1992-2004, he served as the Defense Intelligence Officer for Europe; in that capacity he provided direct intelligence support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and worked closely with National Intelligence Officer and NSS counterparts. He has extensive experience in international intelligence affairs. He coordinated DIA's partnerships with European/NATO partners from 1992 until 2004, led DIA's Office of International Engagement from 2005-2007, and served as the chief of DIA's London Liaison office from 20076-2010. He represented the US to the NATO Intelligence Board and conducted sensitive bilateral negotiations with allies on a variety of topics. From 2010 until 2011, he directed the Joint Foreign Materiel Program Office which manages the acquisition of military materiels for exploitation. He served as DIA's Assistant Deputy Director for Corporate Operations, overseeing the Agency's interactions with the intelligence staffs at the Combatant commands. While at RAND, he has worked on a variety of projects including biometric intelligence, application of data science and data scientists to intelligence analysis, iproving intelligence support to the acquisition process, open source intelligence collection and analysis, and indications and warnings intelligence. Knopp is a graduate of the National War College and has an M.A. in political science from Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science from Furman University.

Recent Projects

  • Creating an Effective Environment for Joint Intelligence Production
  • Developments in Big Data Exploitation, Implications for UK Defence Intelligence
  • Structuring Open Source Intelligence for the U.S. Army: Recommendations for Manpower and Training
  • Troops to Task: Assessing DIA’s Mission Prioritization and Taskin
  • Defining the Roles, Responsibilities and Function of DIA Data Scientists

Selected Publications

Bradley Knopp, Sina Beaghley, Aaron Frank, Rebeca Orrie, Michael Watson, Defining the Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions of Data Science Within the Defense Intelligence Agency, RAND Corporation (RR-1582), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Meretorious Senior Executive, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Legion of Honor, Silver, Austria




  • The 24-hour Operations Room inside GCHQ, Cheltenham, UK, November 17, 2015

    Five Eyes at 70: Where to from Here?

    The Five Eyes intelligence alliance of the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand began in the Cold War to meet the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Today, the nations' intelligence communities must contend with domestic terrorism and cyber threats while remaining ahead of Russia and China.

    Apr 21, 2017 RealClearWorld