Bradley M. Knopp

Bradley M. Knopp
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


Bradley Knopp is a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. Since joining RAND in 2013, he has worked across all four of RAND's federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). He work has included most promimently the application of data science to intelligence analysis and on intelligence support to defense acquisition programs. He is a former DIA Senior Executive with more than 33 years experience in a wide array of operational, analytic, and liaison assignments. He has extensive analytic experience. He was the Defense Intelligence Officer for Europe for 11 years, providing direct intelligence support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and working closely with National Intelligence Officer counterparts and with State and NSS officers. He played a key role in NATO enlargement efforts involving incorporation of the new member countries' intelligence organizations into NATO intelligence activities. He was the key US intelligence advisor to the interagency team responsible for establishing the NATO WMD Center, the headline goal of the Alliance's 50th anniversary summit in Washington in 2000. He has extensive experience in international intelligence affairs. He established DIA's Office of International Engagement to oversee DIA's intelligence partnership activities, manage intelligence exchanges, and accredit senior Defense Attaches assigned to the US. He led DIA's Liaison Office in London. He directed the Joint Foreign Materiel Program Office which acquired and exploited foreign military materiel. He served as DIA's Assistant Deputy Director for Corporate Operations, working directly for DIA's Deputy Director and managing DIA's relationship with the Combatant Commands. 

Recent Projects

  • Improving Intelligence Support to the Future Warfighter: Acquisition for the Contested Environment
  • Measuring Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Effectiveness at the United States Central Command
  • Defining the Roles, Responsibilities and Function of DIA Data Scientists
  • Developments in Big Data Exploitation, Implications for UK Defence Intelligence
  • Creating an Effective Environment for Joint Intelligence Production

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

Lachman, Beth E.; Hastings, Jaime L.; Adgie, Mary Kate.; Knopp, Bradley M.; Deane-Shinbrot, Steven., Improving Army Installation Facility and Land-use Deals and Partnerships, RAND (P-3391-A), 2018

Serena, Chad C.; Reedy, Kathleen.; Knopp, Bradley M., Improving the Management of Civilian Intelligence Personnel: An Assessment of the Army Intelligence Personnel Management Office (IPMO)A, RAND (P-3115-1-A), 2018

Knopp, Bradley M.; Luckey, David; Shokh, Yuliya, Documenting Intelligence Data Production Requirements, RAND (DRU-A241-1), 2020

Knopp, Bradley M.; Luckey, David; Levedahl, Alexis; Eusebi, Kelly, Inter-rater Reliability Plan for Analysts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joint Requirements Council, RAND (DRU-A170-3), 2020

Honors & Awards

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




  • Intelligence Community

    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