Stephanie Anne Pillion

Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in government (international relations), Smith College


Stephanie Pillion (she/her) is a defense analyst with the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include space, force planning, military strategy and doctrine, defense policy, great power conflict, countering WMD, and geo-politics in the Indo-Pacific. Pillion is passionate about encouraging and supporting women in the national security and defense fields. Pillion has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where she concentrated in U.S. National Security and Military Strategy and Operations, and a B.A. in Government from Smith College, where she focused on U.S.-Chinese foreign policy. Prior to joining RAND, she worked on national security, foreign policy and defense issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Korea Desk, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). She also served for three years in the Peace Corps in Botswana, where she worked to improve health outcomes for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and combat gender-based violence at the local and national levels. During her Peace Corps service, Pillion was a Civil Society Capacity Building Volunteer with the Red Cross, and a Program Development Assistant with the United States Agency for International Development.