David Luckey

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Senior International / 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. 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

  • Assessing Continuous Evaluation Approaches for Insider Threat
  • Measuring Defense Intelligence Agency Support to Customer Requirements
  • Service Intelligence Community Element Acquisition Organization, Authorities, and Best Practices
  • National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Strategic Planning Support
  • Posturing the Defense Debriefing Service for Sustained Excellence

Selected Publications

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

Mark V. Arena, Brian Persons, Irv Blickstein, Mary E. Chenoweth, Gordan T. Lee, David Luckey, Abby Schendt, Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RAND (RR-2356-OSD), 2018

George Nacouzi, J.D. Williams, Brian Dolan, Anne Stickells, David Luckey, Colin Ludwig, Jia Xu, Yuliya Shokh, Daniel M. Gerstein, Michael H. Decker, Assessing Bid Protests of U.S. Department of Defense Procurements, RAND (RR-2369-JS), 2018