Michael Spirtas

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Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Program; Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University

Media Resources

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Overview

Michael Spirtas is associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Program (ISDP), part of the RAND National Security Research Division, and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has worked in a number of policy areas, including U.S. defense strategy, force development, and command and control. He has also served as a force developer in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, and as special assistant to the director, Operational Plans and Joint Matters, U.S. Air Force. He received a Ph.D. in political science (international relations) from Columbia University.

Previous Positions

Special Assistant to the Director, Operational Plans and Joint Matters, United States Air Force; Force Developer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Recent Projects

  • Wargaming
  • Force Development
  • Command and Control
  • Multidomain Operations

Honors & Awards

  • Award for Excellence, Secretary of Defense