Dara Massicot

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Senior Policy Researcher
Washington Office

Education

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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Overview

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 and Eurasia. She specializes in Russian military strategy, combat operations, and power projection, as well as Russian military modernization and escalation dynamics. Her 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
  • Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia
  • 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

Selected Publications

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

Languages

Russian

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