Julia A. Thompson

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Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in war studies, King's College London; B.S.F.S. in international politics, Georgetown University


Julia Thompson is a defense analyst currently researching issues pertaining to the health of the missiles and munitions industrial base for the Department of Defense. Previous research at RAND has focused on crisis management, South Asian security, and nuclear and conventional deterrence. Prior to joining RAND, Thompson was a research associate at the Stimson Center, where she focused on terrorism, militancy, and emerging nuclear technologies and doctrines. She has co-edited two volumes of essays on deterrence stability in South Asia, and one volume on anti-satellite weapons, deterrence, and Sino-American space relations. She previously interned at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), and for a consultancy providing analytical, strategic, financial, and market research support for clients in the aerospace, defense, and government services industries.

Selected Publications

Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, Editors, Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia, The Stimson Center, 2013

Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, Editors, Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations, The Stimson Center, 2013