Drake Warren

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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 and terrorist attacks. Warren has also worked at Sandia National Laboratories, focusing on homeland security, nuclear policy, and management issues. He earned his PhD 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

  • Characterizing National Vulnerabilities from Infrastructure Disruptions by Natural Disasters
  • Sizing the Army Test & Evaluation Enterprise Workforce
  • Investigation of a Methodology for Robust Defense Planning Under Conditions of Complexity and Deep Uncertainty
  • Support to the Secretary of the Army’s Institutional Army Transformation Commission
  • The Army’s Role in Prevent, Shape, Win

Selected Publications

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

Drake Warren, Ryan Henry, Robert Button, Jonathan Klenk, Kate Giglio, Defense resource planning under uncertainty, 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