David Luckey

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Professor of Policy Analysis; Senior International and Defense Researcher
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M.B.A., University of Maryland; M.S. in air and space strategic studies, University of Maryland; M.A. in national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in American studies/military history, Purdue University

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David S. Luckey is a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He came to RAND from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs where he was the director of Homeland Security and served as the counterterrorism advisor to the chairman. He directed oversight of and legislation for the Department of Homeland Security, and he advised the chairman daily on counterterrorism and homeland security issues. Luckey was previously a senior professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he led Audits and Oversight for the chairman and vice chairman. He was previously the senior policy analyst for the under secretary of Defense for Intelligence and a senior inspector in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of Inspector General. Luckey was also an operations analyst, test manager, and senior systems analyst supporting the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity, Navy Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Naval Special Warfare Command, and Naval Aviation community. A retired Marine Corps Officer and graduate of Air War College and Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Luckey holds an M.A. in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.S. in air and space strategic studies and M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.

Recent Projects

  • Capability Portfolio Assessment and Requirements Capability Analysis
  • Strategic Planning and Performance Management Support
  • Financial Management Resource Programming Evaluation
  • Improving Intelligence Support to the Future Warfighter: Acquisition for the Contested Environment
  • Measuring Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Effectiveness

Selected Publications

David Luckey, David Stebbins, Rebeca Orrie, Erin Rebhan, Sunny D. Bhatt, Sina Beaghley, Assessing Continuous Evaluation Approaches for Insider Threats, RAND (RR-2684-OSD), 2019

George Nacouzi, J.D. Williams, Brian Dolan, Anne Stickells, David Luckey, Colin Ludwig, Jia Xu, Yuliya Shokh, Daniel M. Gerstein, Michael H. Decker, Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RAND (RR-2369-JS), 2018

Mark V. Arena, Brian Persons, Irv Blickstein, Mary E. Chenoweth, Gordan T. Lee, David Luckey, Abby Schendt, Assessing Bid Protests of U.S. Department of Defense Procurements: Identifying Issues, Trends, and Drivers, RAND (RR-2356-OSD), 2018

Cortney Weinbaum, Bonnie, L. Triezenberg, Erika Meza, David Luckey, Understanding Government Telework, RAND (RR-2023-OSD), 2018