John Speed Meyers

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Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Assistant Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; B.A. in international relations, Tufts University


John Speed Meyers is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has previously worked at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and at the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He interned at the Defense Department's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. His research areas include military force planning, nuclear strategy, cybersecurity and Chinese foreign policy. His methodological interests include causal inference and experimental design (Python and R), machine learning, natural language processing, and survey design.

Selected Publications

, "Reputation Matters: Evidence from the Korean War," Journal of International and Area Studies, 22(2), 2015

, "Will a President Approve Air-Sea Battle? Learning from the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis," Infinity Journal, 4(4), 2015

Cassandra K. Crifasi, John Speed Meyers, Jon S. Vernick, Daniel W. Webster, "Effects of Changes in Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Laws in Connecticut and Missouri on Suicide Rates," Preventive Medicine, 79, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Innovation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Dissertation Award, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation
  • Dissertation Award, Truman Library Institute


  • Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara visits Fort Bragg, North Carolina in October 1961

    In Defense of Defense Analysis

    Rather than characterize Robert McNamara's legacy as one of inefficiency, his economic, quantitative analysis of military problems should be portrayed as an innovative, if flawed, first adoption of more sophisticated methods for defense analysis.

    Sep 2, 2016 War on the Rocks