Padmaja Vedula

Padmaja Vedula
Senior Information Scientist


M.I.P.P. in American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in computer science, Andhra University; M.S. in computer applications, National Institute of Technology, India


Padmaja Vedula is a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation, specializing in systems architecture, cybersecurity, cyber policy and deterrence, emerging technologies, and digital transformation. She has a multidisciplinary background and her other areas of interest include technology and social well-being, forced migration and refugee assimilation, human rights, and environmental governance.

Prior to joining RAND, Vedula spent 20 years in the software industry as a design architect for the Sun Microsystems and various commercial domains including online trading, media and market research, and supply chain management. She has also worked as a solutions architect for the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) and as a lead technology consultant for the Louisiana State's Road Home program and Louisiana Land Trust grants management projects.

Vedula received her master’s in International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At SAIS, her focus was on cybersecurity, foreign policy, and human rights. She also holds a master’s in computer applications from the National Institute of Technology, India and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Andhra University, India.

Selected Publications

Vedula, Padmaja, Trupti Brahmbhatt, Jonathan Tran, and Chandler Sachs, Assessing Technology Platforms for Global Health Engagement to Support Integration of Efforts Across Geographic Combatant Commands, RAND Corporation (RR-A1357-3), 2023

Vedula, Padmaja, Abbie Tingstad, Lance Menthe, Karishma R. Mehta, Jonathan Roberts, Robert A. Guffey, Natalie W. Crawford, Brad A. Bemish, Richard Payne, and Erik Schuh, Outsmarting Agile Adversaries in the Electromagnetic Spectrum, RAND Corporation (RR-A981-1), 2023

Mazarr, Michael J., Ashley L. Rhoades, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Alexis A. Blanc, Derek Eaton, Katie Feistel, Edward Geist, Timothy R. Heath, Christian Johnson, Krista Langeland, Jasmin Léveillé, Dara Massicot, Samantha McBirney, Stephanie Pezard, Clint Reach, Padmaja Vedula, and Emily Yoder, Disrupting Deterrence: Examining the Effects of Technologies on Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century, RAND Corporation (RR-A595-1), 2022

Tarraf, Danielle C., William Shelton, Edward Parker, Brien Alkire, Diana Gehlhaus, Justin Grana, Alexis Levedahl, Jasmin Léveillé, Jared Mondschein, James Ryseff, Ali Wyne, Daniel Elinoff, Edward Geist, Benjamin N. Harris, Eric Hui, Cedric Kenney, Sydne J. Newberry, Chandler Sachs, Peter Schirmer, Danielle Schlang, Victoria M. Smith, Abbie Tingstad, Padmaja Vedula, and Kristin Warren, The Department of Defense Posture for Artificial Intelligence: Assessment and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (RR-4229-OSD), 2019


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