Dwight "Buzz" Phillips is a senior international / defense researcher at RAND. His research encompasses a wide range of areas including: defense strategy, operations, and readiness; technology, innovation and force development; force structure; mobilization and logistics; and civil-military relations. Prior to joining RAND, Phillips served in the U.S. Army in a variety of strategic planner roles for a combatant commander, service chief of staff, secretary of defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and service secretary. He also served as an infantry officer with a combat tour in Afghanistan commanding an infantry company. He has led diverse, multidisciplinary teams for multinational Syria contingency planning, Army-Marine future capability analysis, the 2018 National Defense Strategy, as well as the Joint Force COVID pandemic response.


B.S. in international relations, United States Military Academy; M.A. in history, University of Chicago; M.S. in national resource strategy, National Defense University; Ph.D. in history, University of Chicago

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