Michael E. Linick

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Director, Personnel, Training, and Health Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior International / Defense Researcher
Washington Office


BA in politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; MA in national security, Georgetown; MA in security studies, Army War College; MA in world politics, Catholic University


Michael Linick directs the RAND Arroyo Center's Personnel, Training, and Health program, working with Army senior leaders to help RAND address their critical questions in the areas of Soldier and Family Wellness, Training Readiness and Effectiveness, Recruiting and Retention, Total Workforce Management, and Leader Development. He is a retired Army Colonel with extensive experience in the areas of understanding and managing change in force structure, in force development and equipping processes, in understanding the Army as an institution, and in linking strategy to force requirements and capabilities. His recent work has included improving readiness reporting for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, analysis of the Reconnaisance Strike Group, assisting with RAND's Russia-Baltics studies, assessing force flow challenges in Europe, and providing support to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. Linick is also active in the RAND wargaming community – helping to design, test, and lead games in support of a variety of analytic efforts.

Recent Projects

  • Analysis ofthe Reconnaissance Strike Group
  • Characterizing Strategic Readiness and Risk in Force Response Options
  • A History of U.S. Army Total Force Policy From the Constitution to the Present
  • End of the Second Offset
  • The Army's 2013 Aviation Restructure Initiative: A History and Assessment