Jordan Willcox

Senior Defense Analyst
Washington 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 group and hierarchical dynamics, the sociology of R&D, population responses to conflict, political analysis, and computational social science.

Selected Publications

John Gordon IV, Igor Mikolic-Torreira, D. Sean Barnett, Katharina Ley Best, Danielle Tarraf, Jordan Willcox, Army Fires Capabilities for 2025 and Beyond, RAND (RR-2124-A), 2017

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




  • Morning commuters are seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, July 30, 2012

    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


  • Sky Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment conducted sling load training in Grafenwoehr, Germany, photo by Spc. Josselyn Fuentes/U.S. Army


    Army Fires Capabilities for 2025 and Beyond

    To assist the Army in its reorientation toward conventional combat operations, the authors of this report identify capability gaps in the field artillery and actions that the Army should consider taking from today to roughly 2030.

    Dec 3, 2019

  • Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland


    Measuring the Health of the Liberal International Order

    As part of a larger study on the future of the post-World War II liberal international order, RAND researchers analyze the health of the existing order and offer implications for future U.S. policy.

    Sep 5, 2017