Dara Massicot

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Policy Researcher
Washington Office


M.A. in national security and strategic studies, U.S. Naval War College ; B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. in peace, war, and defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Dara Massicot is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, she served as a senior analyst for Russian military capabilities at the Department of Defense.  

Her work at RAND focuses on security issues in Russia and Eurasia, such as deterrence, strategic stability, Russian military modernization and combat operations, and Russian national security policy.  Her interests include force posture, force planning, conventional arms control, and grand strategy.  

She received her M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College's College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island.

Recent Projects

  • The Russian Way of Warfare
  • Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia




  • A Russian soldier on top of an army vehicle keeps watch outside a border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014


    The Russian Way of Warfare: A Primer

    This perspective provides a primer on how Russia's military might fight in the event of a major conflict against a peer or near-peer adversary.

    Dec 7, 2017

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks to journalists following a live nationwide broadcast in Moscow, June 15, 2017


    Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia

    This report analyzes trends in strategic stability between Russia and the United States, examines Russian views on the subject, and assesses current prospects for stemming the erosion of strategic stability.

    Jul 7, 2017