Christine Kistler LaCoste

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in industrial engineering, New Mexico State University; B.S. in applied mathematics, U.S. Air Force Academy


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.

LaCoste 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, enhancing the intelligence comminty's ability to process, exploit, and disseminate information. She deployed as the campaign assessments chief where she led 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 where she developed innovative solutions to rapidly disseminate technologies to warfighters.

Recent Projects

  • (U) Measuring Department of the Air Force Contributions to Security Cooperation: A Construct for Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • (U) A New Framework and Logic Model for Appropriate Use of Live, Virtual, and Constructive Capabilities in Training

Honors & Awards

  • CSAF Strategic PhD Candidate, US Air Force
  • STEM Research Management, US Air Forcce