Caitlin Lee

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Associate Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Northeastern University


Caitlin Lee is as an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has worked on a variety of defense and foreign policy issues, including military innovation and technology, particularly as they relate to the development of drones and other remotely operated weapon systems. She is also interested in command and control and broader questions about generalship and personnel development. She was a 2014 summer associate at RAND, and a 2012 American Political Science Association Centennial Visiting Scholar. She has written for Air and Space Power Journal and has provided commentary on airpower issues to the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, CNN and FOX news outlets, among others. As the senior aviation reporter of the Americas Bureau of Jane’s Information Group from 2006 to 2014, she covered military technology, budget, acquisition and strategy issues inside the Pentagon and at airbases worldwide, including Kandahar, Kabul and Bagram Air Fields in Afghanistan. She has a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College in London and an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2002.