Jordan Willcox

Senior Defense Analyst
Off Site Office


B.A. in international relations, Connecticut College; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University


Jordan Willcox is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, he has participated in research and analysis concerning ISR, Military & Civilian Communications Networks, Political Economy, and the Social Science of technological development. Before joining RAND in August 2015, Willcox researched, designed, tested, instantiated, developed scenarios for, and employed simulations of institutional decision-making and of population political, military and cognitive responses to conflict. Prior to that, at NDU and in his graduate work, he assessed DoD and non-DoD R&D bureaucracies, intra-societal violent and non-violent conflict, and the incorporation of technological change into military TT&P. He is interested in hierarchical dynamics, the sociology of R&D, analysis of the military consequences of technological development, and computational social science.

Selected Publications

Gordon, John IV, Igor Mikolic-Torreira, D. Sean Barnett, Katharina Ley Best, Scott Boston, Dan Madden, Danielle C. Tarraf, and Jordan Willcox, Army Fires Capabilities for 2025 and Beyond, RAND Corporation (RR-2124-A), 2019

Mazarr, Michael J., Astrid Stuth Cevallos, Miranda Priebe, Andrew Radin, Kathleen Reedy, Alexander D. Rothenberg, Julia A. Thompson, and Jordan Willcox, Measuring the Health of the Liberal International Order, RAND Corporation (RR-1994-OSD), 2017




  • Economic Instability Endangers Democracy

    The Western political community is retreating from its own institutions. The problem stems from the fact that the health of democracies is crucially dependent on their economic growth rate.

    Dec 16, 2017

    The National Interest