Nicholas Martin

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.E. in space operations, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; M.S. in engineering systems, Naval Postgraduate School; B.S. in astronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy


Nick Martin is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a RAND assistant policy researcher. He has a M.E. in space operations, an M.S. in engineering systems, and an M.Phil. in policy analysis.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy he served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, holding a variety of leadership positions in space operations, space system acquisitions, logistics, and joint service assignments. He has worked on launch operations for Global Positioning System constellation replenishment and delivered space-based infrared systems for deployment in support of worldwide national strategic and military taskings. He served as the lead systems architect for space-based missile warning and developed a standardized approach for assessing the survivability and resilience of national security space systems.

While at RAND, he has performed research on national security and defense policy, military operations, homeland security and defense acquisitions, and next-generation space technology. His dissertation establishes a framework for assessing the sufficiency of protection strategies for national security space systems, combining deterrence, resilience and survivability.