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 doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He has a master of engineering in space operations from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and an M.S. in engineering systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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, 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. In his final tour, 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.

His research interests include national security and defense policy, military operations, defense acquisitions, and space technology.