Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson
Associate Director, Research Programming Group; Senior Research Programmer/Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.P. in public policy, College of William & Mary; B.A. in economics, government, College of William & Mary


Eric Robinson (he/him) is a senior research programmer and analyst, and associate director of RAND's Research Programming Group – an in-house team of data science, software engineering, and statistical analytics practitioners conducting data-driven analysis across RAND’s multidisciplinary research agenda. 

His research at RAND focuses primarily on special operations forces, gray zone threats, civil wars and insurgency, and developing economies, with a frequent emphasis on employing statistical and computational methods to reduce uncertainty in complex environments. He leads research primarily for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

He previously served as a civil servant and policy advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC). In this role, he led a team responsible for efforts to reorient special operations forces towards gray zone and irregular warfare challenges from China and Russia, and led the development and writing of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the 2018 National Defense Strategy. He previously served as an embedded RAND advisor to the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) in Kabul, and as an advanced analytics consultant with IBM in Washington, D.C.

He is the author of frequent research and commentary on these issues, and has been interviewed in the New York Times, the Times of London, Corriere della Sera, and on public radio. He graduated with a Masters of Public Policy and an A.B in Economics with Honors from the College of William & Mary.

Previous Positions

Irregular Warfare Policy Chief, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Advisor, Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan

Honors & Awards

  • Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense