Burgess Laird

Burgess Laird
Senior International Researcher
Washington Office

Education

M.B.A. in business management, Pepperdine University; B.A. in politics, University of Dallas; A.B.D. in comparative politics and East Asian security, University of Denver; Seminar XXI in international relations, MIT

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Overview

Burgess Laird is a senior international resarcher with the RAND Corporation and an adjunct instructor in the Masters Program in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His subject matter areas of expertise are defense strategy and force planning, deterrence, and proliferation. He has held senior positions in the private and public sectors to include positions with the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Office of the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Laird has lectured on defense strategy, deterrence, and arms control issues at universities and academic institutions including the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the Royal College of Defence Studies, and the U.S. Naval Academy among other venues. He is a member of the U.S. Army War College’s Senior Expert Working Group on Military Risk & Risk Assessment. In 2014-16, he was a member of the U.S. Army War College’s Senior Working Group on Gray Zone Challenges. In 2011-12, Laird was a fellow in MIT's Seminar XXI Program on Foreign Politics, International Relations & the National Interest, and in 2008-09, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. Laird is a member of the Royal United Services Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He earend his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Program in Global Security Studies

Previous Positions

Institute for Defense Analysis, Hicks& Associates, DFI, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Recent Projects

  • Deterrence in the 21st Century
  • U.S.-China Scorecards

Selected Publications

Andrew Hoehn, Ed., Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World: In Pursuit of Security and Opportunity, RAND (RR-1631-RC), 2017

Eric Heginbotham, Ed, Chinese Attacks on Air Bases in Asia: An Assessment of Relative Capabilities 1996-2017, RAND (RB-9858z2-AF), 2015

Eric Heginbotham, Chinese Treats to U.S. Surface Ships: An Assessment of Relative Capabilities, 1996-2017, RAND (RB-9858Z4-AF), 2015

Eric Heginbotham, Editor, Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World: In Pursuit of Security and Opportunity, RAND (RR-392-AF), 2015

Eric Heginbotham, Ed., U.S. and Chinese Air Superiority Capabilities: An Assessment of Relative Capabilities 1996-2017, RAND (RB-9858z3-AF), 2015

Burgess Laird, "War Control: Chinese Writing on the Control of Escalation in Crisis and Conflict," Center for New American Studies, 0, 2017

Burgess Laird, "Grounds for Cautious Optimism on an Iran Nuclear Deal," Newsweek, 0, 2015

Commentary

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius talk after Hammond's statement about recent negotiations over Iran's nuclear program in London on March 21, 2015

    Grounds for Cautious Optimism on an Iran Nuclear Deal

    Sufficient information is available to be optimistic about the characteristics of the framework accord anticipated by the end of this month. Many Americans might be surprised to learn what has already been accomplished under the interim agreement that laid the groundwork for the comprehensive deal now being negotiated.

    Mar 26, 2015 Newsweek

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