Natasha Lander is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on chemical, biological, and nuclear policy and strategy; European security; alliance relations; and military and civilian workforce policies. From 2013 to 2015, Lander served as an advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. 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 led negotiations with NATO allies on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) preparedness. For her efforts, Lander 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 holds 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. She is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in psychology and the neuroscience of mental health at King's College London. Her commentaries have been published in the Cipher Brief, National Interest, Real Clear Defense, and U.S. News and World Report.
Albert A. Robbert, Caitlin Lee, William H. Waggy II, Katherine L. Kidder, Natasha Lander, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Modernizing Officer Career Management: Analyzing Eleven Issues, RAND Corporation (RB-A416-1), 2021
Kimberly Jackson, Katherine L. Kidder, Sean Mann, William H. Waggy II, Natasha Lander, S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Raising the Flag: Implications of U.S. Military Approaches to General and Flag Officer Development, RAND Corporation (RR-4347-OSD), 2020
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), 2019 (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
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