Barry Pavel Named Vice President and Director of NSRD

Veteran national security leader and defense strategist Barry Pavel has joined RAND as vice president and director of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD), which operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI).

Pavel is charged with shaping a research agenda that aligns with the most-pressing geopolitical and national security issues facing the United States and its allies and partners over the coming decades. Among his top priorities are expanding the reach and impact of NSRD's research and nurturing a new generation of diverse policy leaders.

Pavel, based in RAND's Washington office, joined August 8 from the Atlantic Council, where he served as the senior vice president and founding director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security for 11 years. At Scowcroft, he focused on geopolitics and emerging security challenges, adapting U.S. alliances, realigning defense strategies, capabilities, and posture, and the implications of emerging technologies.

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