Drake Warren

Drake Warren
Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


PhD in spatial analysis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA in economics, Northwestern University; BA in mathematical economic analysis, Rice University


Drake Warren is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests span several areas of national security. Throughout his career, much of his work has focused on management of national security organizations, especially in their research, development, test, and evaluation organizations and industrial base. In addition, his strategic foresight work utilizes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to help leaders understand future dynamics and risks. He also conducts research in geography and spatial analysis, often focusing on economic, societal, and organizational resilience to disruptive events such as hurricanes, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and wildland fires. He has also worked at Sandia National Laboratories, focusing on homeland security, nuclear policy, and management issues. He earned his Ph.D. in spatial analysis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in economics from Northwestern University, and a BA in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University.

Recent Projects

  • Using Advanced Manufacturing in the Army’s Organic Industrial Base/Implementation of an Industrial Readiness Model
  • A Strategic Assessment of RDT&E Infrastructure Management to Support the DoD Chemical and Biological Defense Program
  • Assessment of Army Operational Approaches to Biological Hazards
  • Army Security Assistance Enterprise (ASAE) Manpower Process Assessment
  • "Data to Decision” Cyber and Physical Event Management Framework

Selected Publications

Miller, Benjamin M., Tom LaTourrette, Drake Warren, and David Metz, The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Impact on Fire Safety Standards, RAND Corporation (RR-A1100-1), 2022

Warren, Drake, Heather Krull, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Aisha Najera Chesler, Ellen M. Pint, and J. Michael Gilmore, Assessment of Alternative Funding Models for Activities in RDECOM (Now CCDC) and ATEC, RAND Corporation (RR-2818-A), 2020

Anu Narayanan, Henry H. Willis, Jordan R. Fischbach, Drake Warren, Edmundo Molina-Perez, Chuck Stelzner, Kathleen Loa, Lauren Kendrick, Paul Sorensen, Tom LaTourrette, Characterizing national exposures to infrastructure from natural disasters, Rand Corporation (RR-1453z1-DHS), 2016

Lempert, Robert J., Drake Warren, Ryan Henry, Robert W. Button, Jonathan Klenk, and Katheryn Giglio, Defense Resource Planning Under Uncertainty: An Application of Robust Decision Making to Munitions Mix Planning, RAND Corporation (RR-1112-OSD), 2016

Betty Biringer, Eric Vugrin, Drake Warren, Critical Infrastructure System Security and Resiliency, CRC Press, 2013

George A. Backus, Thomas S. Lowry, Drake E. Warren, "The near-term risk of climate uncertainty among the U.S. states," Climatic Change, 116, 2012