Natasha Lander is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where she leads and conducts research on a range of issues, including chemical, biological, and nuclear policy, counterterrorism, European security, and military and civilian workforce policy. From 2013 to 2015, Lander served as an advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (DASD/CWMD) within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. In this capacity, she aided the development of policy guidance influencing diplomatic, operational, and technical aspects of the international mission to remove and destroy Syria's declared chemical weapons. She also served as DASD/CWMD's principal advisor for NATO's Committee on Proliferation in the Defense Format, where she fostered implementation of policies to protect NATO Allies against threats posed by WMD, and strengthen NATO's chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) preparedness. For her efforts, Natasha was twice awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Prior to joining RAND, Lander was a senior analyst and deputy program manager at BAE Systems, where she authored a variety of analytic products for U.S. Government policymakers.
Lander has an M.P.P. from George Mason University and a B.S. in journalism with a dual major in political science from Bowling Green State University. Her commentaries have been published in the Cipher Brief, National Interest, Real Clear Defense, and U.S. News and World Report.
Brian A. Jackson, Ashley L. Rhoades, Jordan R. Reimer, Natasha Lander, Katherine Costello, Sina Beaghley, Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence, RAND Corporation (RR-2647), 2019
S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Kimberly Jackson, Natasha Lander, Colin Roberts, Dan Madden, Rebeca Orrie, Movement and Maneuver: Culture and the Competition for Influence among the U.S. Military Services, RAND Corporation (RR-2270) (forthcoming)
Michael J. McNerney, Ben Connable, S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Natasha Lander, Marek N. Posard, Jasen J. Castillo, Dan Madden, Ilana Blum, Aaron Frank, Benjamin J. Fernandes, In Hyo Seol, Christopher Paul, Andrew Parasiliti, National Will to Fight: Why Some States Keep Fighting and Others Don't, RAND Corporation (RR-2477), 2018
Ben Connable, Natasha Lander, Kimberly Jackson, Beating the Islamic State: Selecting a New Strategy for Iraq and Syria, RAND Corporation (RR-1562), 2017
John Gordon, John Matsumura, Athony Atler, Scott Boston, Matthew E. Boyer, Natasha Lander, Todd Nichols, Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts: Identifying Possible Capability Gaps and Insights from Other Armies, RAND Corporation (RR-716-A), 2015
Ben Connable, Natasha Lander, Abby Doll, Walter L. Perry, Dan Madden, The Utility of Modeling and Analysis in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, RAND Corporation (RB-9758-OSD), 2014
Judith A. Johnston, Natasha Lander, Brian McInnis, National Intelligence University's Role in Interagency Research: Recommendations from the Intelligence Community, RAND Corporation (RR-243-NIU), 2013