Igor Mikolic-Torreira

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Senior Fellow; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in mathematics, California Institute of Technology; B.A. in mathematics, Sacred Heart University

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Igor Mikolic-Torreira is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research is focused on military force structure, cyber warfare and cybersecurity policy, and organizational efficiencies. 

Before joining RAND, he served as special assistant to the director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In this position, Mikolic-Torreira supported Secretary Gates' efficiencies effort and the comprehensive review of resources and force structure. He also led assessments of operational cyber capabilities and military human intelligence capacity and was a member of the integration team for Secretary Hagel's Strategic Capacity and Management Review (SCMR). His final assignment in OSD was supporting former Air Force Secretary Donley's OSD Organizational Review.

Prior to working in OSD, Mikolic-Torreira was director of the Operations Evaluation Group (OEG) at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). He was previously an analyst and project director focusing on operational and tactical problems in support of the Navy and Marine Corps. His CNA experience also included extended assignments with NAVCENT in Bahrain, Third Fleet in San Diego, Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, and three deployments with carrier strike groups.

Mikolic-Torreira's awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and CNA's Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytic Excellence. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. 

Honors & Awards

  • Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Secretary of Defense
  • Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Secretary of Defense
  • Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, Secretary of the Navy


  • The Security Operation Centre for Telstra, Australia's biggest telecoms firm, which is used to monitor, detect and respond to security incidents, including cyber attacks, in Sydney, Australia, August 24, 2017

    Financial Frameworks for Cybersecurity Are Failing

    Cybersecurity has become a team sport. But all participants on the field are playing without clear rules, without a team approach, and without knowing when to pass the ball or to whom.

    Oct 25, 2018 The RAND Blog

  • Hacked internet of things

    Gaming Policy in Cyberspace

    Hacked devices and intellectual property theft are a rich hunting ground for policy development. The challenge posed by Internet-connect devices is only getting worse as the number of online devices continues to grow.

    Aug 23, 2017 Policyforum.net