Jim Mitre

Jim Mitre
Vice President and Director, RAND Global and Emerging Risks


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.A. in business administration, University of Michigan Business School


Jim Mitre is the inaugural vice president and director of RAND Global and Emerging Risks, which develops new methods and delivers rigorous research on global and emerging risks. Mitre previously served as the director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Program.

Before joining RAND, Mitre spent over a decade serving in multiple roles in the Department of Defense where he had responsibility for defense strategy, strategic analysis, scenario development, and force planning. He served as a senior advisor to the deputy secretary of defense for data and artificial intelligence, principal director and acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, and as the executive director of the 2018 National Defense Strategy. Mitre was a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Nairobi, Kenya.

Mitre has also spent time in the private sector as the chief strategy officer at Govini, an early-stage national security technology company, and, at the onset of his career, co-founded a private counterterrorism research organization, the SITE Institute.

Mitre holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.


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