Brendan Toland is the associate director of the Navy and Marine Forces Center, and an operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. Since joining RAND, his research has focused on national defense and homeland security, including maritime and undersea warfare, unmanned systems, integrated air and missile defense systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, strategic readiness, and United States Coast Guard acquisition.
Prior to joining RAND, Toland was the maritime dominance branch head in the Warfare Analysis Division at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). In that role he provided analysis, research, and strategic planning to support the acquisition and sustainment of Naval Aviation systems. He specialized in analyses of air anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance mission areas.
Toland is a recipient of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award. He earned his B.S. in mathematics from Allegheny College and his M.S. in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University.