Katie Orlowsky

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Defense Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


MA in national securty studies, United States Naval War College; BA in political science, Oakland University


Katie Orlowsky is a defense policy analyst in RAND's Santa Monica office specializing in regional security issues and strategic planning. Her research interests broadly include U.S. policy toward Europe and NATO; Russian foreign and security policies; international law and treaties; emerging technologies; intelligence analysis; and nuclear non-proliferation and modernization. Prior to joining RAND, she worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where she helped lead planning efforts in support of the USD(I)'s congressional engagement strategy. She also served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs where she was the lead on all policy matters relating to Russia, Eurasia, Ukraine; NATO/Europe; and Western Hemisphere Affairs. Before that, she worked in the United States Senate for six years where she advised multiple U.S. Senators on national security policy. She also served on the Senate Armed Services Committee where she supported the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies.