Michael J. D. Vermeer

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Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in chemistry, Northwestern University; B.S. in chemistry, Calvin College


Michael J. D. Vermeer is a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. His interests and expertise cover topics related to science and technology policy, criminal justice, national security, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. He co-leads the Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative, a research partnership identifying technology and policy needs across sectors of the criminal justice system. He recently led a project evaluating the risks future quantum computing capabilities pose to U.S. communications infrastructure, and he was on the advisory board for a recent series of workshops implementing the recommendations of the report on a Cyber Moonshot by the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. His other work is related to cybersecurity, program evaluation, defense modernization, and other analyses to guide strategic decisionmaking in the armed services and government agencies.

Recent Projects

  • Criminal Justice Requirements & Resources Consortium
  • Quantum Computing and the Future of Encryption
  • Identifying the Highest Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs

Selected Publications

Vermeer, Michael J. D., Dulani Woods, Brian A. Jackson, Would Law Enforcement Leaders Support Defunding the Police? Probably - If Communities Ask Police to Solve Fewer Problems, RAND Corporation (PE-A108-1), 2020

Vermeer, Michael J. D., Evan D. Peet, Securing Communications in the Quantum Computing Age: Managing the Risks to Encryption, RAND Corporation (RR-3102-RC), 2020

Jackson, Brian A., Michael J. D. Vermeer, Kristin Leuschner, Dulani Woods, John S. Hollywood, Duren Banks, Sean E. Goodison, Joe Russo, Shoshana R. Shelton, Fostering Innovation Across the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Fairness, RAND Corporation (RR-4242-NIJ), 2020

Witwer, Amanda R., Lynn Langton, Michael J. D. Vermeer, Duren Banks, Dulani Woods, Brian A. Jackson, Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse: Criminal Justice Strategies for Combating Nonconsensual Pornography, Sextortion, Doxing, and Swatting, RAND Corporation (RR-A108-3), 2020

Hollywood, John S.; Goodison, Sean E.; Vermeer, Michael J. D.; Woods, Dulani; Jackson, Brian A., Fostering innovation to respond to top challenges in law enforcement: Proceedings of the National Institute of Justice's 2018 panel on priority law enforcement issues and needs, RAND Corporation (RR-2930-NIJ), 2019

Vermeer, Michael J. D.; Woods, Dulani; Jackson, Brian A., Identifying Law Enforcement Needs for Access to Digital Evidence in Remote Data Centers, RAND Corporation (RR-2240-NIJ), 2018

Hollywood, John S.; Vermeer, Michael J. D.; Woods, Dulani; Goodison, Sean E.; Jackson, Brian A., Using video analytics and sensor fusion in law enforcement: Building a research agenda that includes business cases, privacy, and civil rights protections, and needs for innovation, RAND Corporation (RR-2619-NIJ), 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Innovation Award, 2019, RAND


  • An inside look at an ion trap within Quantinuum's quantum computer, which processes data using trapped-ion technology, Broomfield, Colorado, December 6, 2021, photo by Quantinuum/Handout via Reuters

    Hack Post-Quantum Cryptography Now So That Bad Actors Don't Do It Later

    The U.S. government should consider offering a public cash bounty to anyone who can crack the new forms of encryption that are being rolled out to defend against quantum computers. If a bounty helps catch a vulnerability before it's deployed, then the modest cost of the bounty could prevent much higher costs down the line.

    Jul 28, 2022 Lawfare