Cortney Weinbaum

Cortney Weinbaum
Senior Management Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


B.S. in physics, University of Michigan

Media Resources

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Cortney Weinbaum (she/her) is a senior management scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She specializes in intelligence and space topics, and she has worked with the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense to improve policies, practices, and technologies. She has improved analytic and collection tradecraft; identified emerging technologies and their impact on space architectures, special operations, countering weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence; and examined new workforce models for intelligence agencies. She facilitated cross-discipline teams to apply structured analytic techniques to intractable intelligence topics, and she has applied wargaming and scenario-based planning against both operational and enterprise topics.

Weinbaum led two teams to receive the Director of National Intelligence's Meritorious Unit Citation for advancing the IC's knowledge of two intractable intelligence topics. Since joining RAND, she has studied emerging technologies and their implications for intelligence; unclassified intelligence; the ethics of scientific research; and other topics. She began her career as an intelligence officer developing radio frequency and electromagnetic MASINT collection systems. Weinbaum earned her B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan.

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Intelligence Agency Humanitarian Award, 2005
  • Defense Intelligence Agency Sustained Superior Performance Award, 2004
  • General Electric Fellowship and Grant for Women in Physics & Computer Science, 2000

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Channel 4, UK; The Diplomat; KJZZ-FM Online; KNX-AM; Sansad TV, Parliament of India