Colby P. Steiner

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Physical Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


Colby Steiner is a physical scientist at RAND with a background in laser, quantum, and solid state physics. At RAND, his work has focused on issues regarding command, control, and communications; intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance; electronic warfare; directed energy; space systems; and agile operational and logistical concepts for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force.

Steiner received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Air Force Research Lab.

Selected Publications

Triezenberg, Bonnie L., C.P Steiner, G. Johnson, J. Cham, E. Sousa, M. Kim, M.K. Adgie, Assessing the impact of U.S. Air Force National Security Space Launch acquisition decisions: An independent analysis of the global heavy lift launch market, RAND Corporation (RR-4251-AF), 2020

Shelton, William, C.R. Cook, C. Barton, F. Camm, K.E. Eusebi, D. Gehlhaus, M. Kim, Y. Kim, M. McKernan, S. Newberry, C.P. Steiner, A Clean Sheet Approach to Space Acquisition in Light of the New Space Force, RAND Corporation (RR-A541-1), 2021

Snyder, Don, K.F. Lynch, C.P. Steiner, J.G. Drew, M. Hura, M.E. Marlier, T. Milonopoulos, Command and Control of U.S. Air Force Combat Support in a High-End Fight, RAND Corporation (RR-A316-1), 2021

Snyder, Don, L.A. Mayer, M. Hura, S. Genc, C.P. Steiner, L. Werber, K. O'Connor, K. Gierlack, P. Dreyer, B. Fox, Managing for Mission Assurance in the Face of Advanced Cyber Threats, RAND Corportation (RR-4198-AF), 2021

Knopman, Debra S., D. Snyder, I. Blickstein, D.E. Thaler, J. Leftwich, C.P. Steiner, Q.E. Hodgson, E. Simmons, K. Romita Grocholski, Y.K Crane, Proposed analytic products for the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability: Developing and presenting options for future force design and capability, RAND Corporation (RR-4199-AF), 2020

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Award, 2020, RAND