Gary McLeod

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Senior Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in astronomy, CalTech (California Institute of Technology); B.S. in physics, University of Minnesota


Gary McLeod is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has more than thirty years of experience at RAND analyzing a wide range of issues for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Pacific Command, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the Intelligence Community. His research has examined precision weapon; command and control; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; coalition interoperability; integrated air and missile defense; and space issues.

Currently, McLeod has focused his research on a number of challenges facing National Security Space. He recently co-led studies on assessing space launch locations for the Space and Missile Systems Center and on enhancing space resilience through non-materiel means for Air Force Space Command. Other areas of space research include leveraging commercial space, international space cooperation, operationally responsive space, joint command and control of space forces, dynamically taskable space systems, and challenges facing U.S. space acquisition.

Before joining RAND, McLeod spent fourteen years at R & D Associates as a senior analyst evaluating offensive strategic weapon systems for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.