Brynn Tannehill

Brynn Tannehill
Technical Analyst


B.S. in computer science, US Naval Academy; M.S. in operations research, Air Force Inst Tech


Brynn Tannehill is a technical analyst with RAND. She earned her B.S. in computer science from the Naval Academy in 1997, and her M.S. in operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2008. She did four deployments to the CENTCOM AOR between 2000 and 2006 as a SH-60B pilot, P-3C pilot, and campaign analyst. In 2008 she began working in private industry on projects such as autonomous collision avoidance systems for BAMS and Global Hawk, modeling future UAV control systems, and designing adaptive, dynamic scenario generation for F-16 pilots with the 711th HPW/RHA at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While at RAND, she has worked on projects involving cybersecurity, Army aviation, Marine Corps aviation, USMC Medical Capabilities, process modeling, UUVs, USVs, agile acquisition, cost validation, and Navy manpower.


  • Fighter Aircraft

    What F-16s Will (and Won't) Do for Ukraine

    After months of publicly lobbying to acquire U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, it appears that Ukraine may receive them later this year. However, there remains a long road ahead before the F-16s would see service in Ukraine—and it is an open question how much they would affect the outcome of the war.

    May 31, 2023

    The Bulwark

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    What the Drone Strikes on the Kremlin Reveal About the War in Ukraine

    False flag, special op, or fizzled attack—it may not be possible to get to the bottom of who launched drones at the Kremlin and why any time soon. But the incident and reactions it has elicited from the war's major players reveal just how important weaponized, long-range drones have become in this conflict.

    May 4, 2023

    The Atlantic