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 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 strategic readiness reporting for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, RAND's Russia-Baltics studies, force flow challenges in Europe, and 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 Avitation Restructure Initiative: A History and Assessment