Molly F. McIntosh

Molly F. McIntosh
Director, Forces and Resources Policy Program; Senior Economist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley


Molly McIntosh is director of the Forces and Resources Policy (FRP) Program within the RAND National Security Research Division, and a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. The FRP research portfolio is focused on strategic human capital management in the national security sector, and is framed around four broad themes: workforce management, readiness, support programs and services, and health services and systems. 

Since joining RAND, McIntosh's research has focused on characterizing the DoD cyber workforce, work requirements, and compensation; comparing compensation for DoD civilians and workers in the private sector; and costing billets for large DoD organizations. Prior to joining RAND, McIntosh was Research Program Director of the Navy Compensation and Personnel Policy Program at CNA, which runs the U.S. Department of the Navy's FFRDC. At CNA, McIntosh led studies on a variety of military personnel issues, including the effectiveness of special and incentive pays, policies to address manning shortfalls, and drivers of officer and enlisted retention and performance. McIntosh also served as CNA's Scientific Analyst to Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, U.S. Navy and as Field Representative to Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific.

McIntosh has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Monetary and Non-Monetary Compensation for High-Value DoD Civilian Skill Sets
  • Analyzing Compensation Strategies for Improving the Competitiveness of the DOD Cyber Excepted Service
  • Calculating the Cost of Multiple-Billet DOD Organizations
  • Support to the DoD Cyber Workforce Zero-Based Review

Selected Publications

McIntosh, Molly F., Patricia K. Tong, Hannah Acheson-Field, Noah Johnson, Norah Griffin, and Joshua Russell-Fritch, Monetary and Nonmonetary Compensation for High-Value U.S. Department of Defense Civilian Skill Sets, RAND Corporation (RR-A385-1), 2020