Christine LaCoste is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has an M.S. in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and a B.S. in applied mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy. Her research interests include national security, military strategy, international affairs, international diplomacy, developing countries, and acquisition and technology.
LaCost is an active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a lead operations research analyst at the Air Force Research Laboratory, studying ways to enhance human performance across the intelligence community. She deployed as the campaign assessments chief leading the evaluation of civil, military, and information operations to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. At Air Combat Command, she led analysis teams to test and optimize operational F-35 Lightning II mission systems for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. Most recently, she was a member of the Advanced Tactical Acquisition Corps and researched innovative solutions to rapidly disseminate technologies to warfighters.