Scott Savitz

Scott Savitz
Senior Engineer; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


B.S. in chemical engineering, Yale University; M.S. in chemical engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Pennsylvania


Scott Savitz is a senior engineer at RAND. Much of his research focuses on how to improve the effectiveness and resilience of operational forces through the use of new technologies and modified tactics. He has developed numerous models and simulations in support of such analyses.

Recently, he led analytical efforts to assess the impact of Coast Guard international engagement, non-lethal weapons, and military deception. He has also led analyses of military capability gaps in the Arctic and how U.S., Brazilian, Australian, and Japanese services can invest in emerging technologies. Savitz has previously led analyses on infrastructure requirements for testing autonomous systems, intelligence on threats to U.S. ports, improving maritime domain awareness, and measuring the impact of efforts to counter hostile human networks. Earlier studies he led focused on how the Navy can effectively use uncrewed surface vehicles, how to counter naval mine threats, and how the Coast Guard can make more informed asset-allocation decisions. At RAND, he has also analyzed historical insights regarding warship design, reducing airbase vulnerability, trapping fleets in port, tunnel warfare, and many other subjects.

Before joining RAND, Savitz provided on-site analytical support for the Navy's mine warfare command and the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. He has led exercise-observation teams around the globe, and supported the Navy in Bahrain from 2001-2003, addressing counter-terrorism, political-military, and chemical/biological/radiological defense issues. 

Savitz earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Yale University, and master's degree and Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

Scott Savitz, "Lessons from the Chinese Conquest of Taiwan," Defense One, 2023

Scott Savitz, "Deceive the Enemy with Emerging Technologies," Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, 147(2), 2021

Tingstad, Abbie, Scott Savitz, Benjamin J. Sacks, Yuliya Shokh, Irina A. Chindea, Scott R. Stephenson, Michael T. Wilson, James G. Kallimani, Kristin Van Abel, Stephanie Pezard, Isabelle Winston, Inez Khan, Dan Abel, Clay McKinney, Yvonne K. Crane, Kate Giglio, Sherrill Lingel, and Lyle J. Morris, Report on the Arctic Capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces, RAND Corporation (RR-A1638-1), 2023

Hornung, Jeffrey W., Scott Savitz, Jonathan Balk, Samantha McBirney, Liam McLane, and Victoria M. Smith, Preparing Japan's Multi-Domain Defense Force for the Future Battlespace Using Emerging Technologies, RAND Corporation (PE-A1157-1), 2021

Romita Grocholski, Krista, Scott Savitz, Sydney Litterer, Monika Cooper, Clay McKinney, and Andrew Ziebell, Intermediate Force Capabilities: High-Value Options for the U.S. Military, RAND Corporation (RB-A1544-1), 2024

Weilant, Sarah, Scott Savitz, Emily Hoch, and Dan Abel, Amplifying the U.S. Coast Guard's International Impact: Ways to Meet Growing Global Demand for the Service, RAND Corporation (RB-A2376-1), 2024

Scott Savitz, "Emerging Trends in Naval Mining Capabilities," Maritime Defence Monitor, (3), 2022

Savitz, Scott, Miriam Matthews, and Sarah Weilant, Assessing Impact to Inform Decisions: A Toolkit on Measures for Policymakers, RAND Corporation (TL-263-OSD), 2017


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