David Stebbins

David Stebbins
International/Defense Researcher
Washington Office


M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in social science, Castleton State College


David Stebbins is an international/defense researcher working on intelligence policy, nation state, and non-state actor issues for the U.S. government. Stebbins has experience engaging with leadership across the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. He has regional expertise on the Levant and Sahel regions, a working proficiency in Arabic, and substantive historical and current knowledge of global conflict. Stebbins is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University's S-CAR program. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University (SIPA) where he concentrated on International Security Policy and specialized in International Conflict Resolution. He earned his B.A. in Social Science from Castleton State College. Prior to joining RAND, Stebbins worked for the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau’s Terrorist Threat Analysis Group (TTAG) and performed extensive policy work as a National Security Legislative Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Stebbins gained military experience through the Vermont Army National Guard, where he served as an Infantry Combat Medic attached to the 2/172nd M1A2 Abrams Armor Division.