Miranda Priebe

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Director, Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy; Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


PhD in political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MPA in international relations, Princeton University; SB in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; SB in political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Miranda Priebe is director of the Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy and a senior political scientist in the Washington, D.C. office of the RAND Corporation.

Her work at RAND has focused on grand strategy, the future of the international order, effects of U.S. forward presence, military doctrine, history of U.S. military policy, distributed air operations, and multi-domain command and control. She has also conducted research on deterrence, reassurance, threat perceptions, rising powers, alliance politics, and U.S. defense budgets. Priebe received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also received a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and SB degrees in Physics and Political Science from MIT.

Selected Publications

Anika Binnendijk and Miranda Priebe, An Attack Against Them All? Drivers of Decisions to Contribute to NATO Collective Defense, (RR-2964-OSD), 2019

Angela O'Mahony, Miranda Priebe, Bryan Frederick, Jennifer Kavanagh, Matthew Lane, Trevor Johnston, Thomas S. Szayna, Jakub P. Hlavka, Stephen Watts, and Matthew Povlock., U.S. Presence and the Incidence of Conflict, (RR-1906-A), 2018

Michael J. Mazarr, Miranda Priebe, Andrew Radin, Astrid Stuth Cevallos, Alternative Options for U.S. Policy Toward the International Order, RAND Corporation (RR-2011), 2017

Joshua Itzkowitz-Shifrinson and Miranda Priebe, "A Crude Threat: The Limits of an Iranian Missile Campaign against Saudi Arabian Oil," International Security, 36(1), 2011


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    Be Wary of Proposals for Less Defense Budget Transparency

    The Pentagon has asked Congress to end the requirement that it make public an unclassified version of the Future Years Defense Program—the department's budget plans for at least the next five years. Although some information needs to be classified, the value of transparency for public debate and oversight in a democracy outweighs the marginal intelligence gains to U.S. adversaries.

    Apr 29, 2020 Breaking Defense