Dara Massicot

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Senior 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 senior 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 defense and security issues in Russia nd Eurasia. She specializes in Russian military strategy, combat operations, and escalation dynamics. Her long-term interests include force posture, force planning, and grand strategy. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program.

Massicot 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
  • A New Approach to Conventional Arms Control in Europe: Addressing the Security Challenges of the 21st Century
  • The Future of the Russian Military: Russia's Ground Combat Capabilities and Implications for U.S.-Russia Competition
  • Russia's Limit of Advance: Analysis of Russian Ground Force Deployment Capabilities and Limitations
  • Russian Grand Strategy: Rhetoric and Reality

Selected Publications

Edward Geist and Dara Massicot , "Understanding Putin's Nuclear 'Superweapons' ," SAIS Review of International Affairs

Dara Massicot, "Anticipating a New Russian Military Doctrine in 2020: What it Might Contain and Why it Matters," War on the Rocks, 2019

Dara Massicot, "Can a Pragmatic Relationship With the Taliban Help Russia Counter Terrorism?" The National Interest , 2021