Caitlin Lee

Caitlin Lee
Adjunct Political Scientist
Off Site 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 an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She directs the Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Autonomy Studies (MI-UAS) at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Lee is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Her research is focused on innovation and defense strategy and planning. She has held several management and research leadership positions at RAND and has worked on projects related to force planning, wargaming, campaign planning, technological capabilities development and employment, readiness, senior leader development, and personnel management. 

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 across the US and worldwide, including airfields in Afghanistan, the UK and France. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including War on the Rocks, the Hill, Air and Space Power Journal, Aviation Week and Journal of Strategic Studies. 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.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Autonomy Studies (MI-UAS), Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies