Military Technology Expert Eugen C. Gritton to Lead RAND National Security Research Division

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May 24, 2004


Eugene C. Gritton, an expert in defense technology and a 38-year veteran of the RAND Corporation, has been appointed a vice president and director of the nonprofit research organization’s National Security Research Division (NSRD), RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.

The division conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, defense and intelligence agencies, allied foreign governments and foundations.

Gritton has served as acting director of the division since March, when NSRD Director Jeffrey A. Isaacson resigned from RAND to join Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

Previously, Gritton was director of NSRD’s Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, which address the opportunities and challenges presented by the technological revolution to the preservation of U.S. military superiority.

“RAND, our clients and the nation have benefited enormously by Gene Gritton’s outstanding work for almost four decades,” Thomson said. “Now we will benefit even more by his contributions in his new leadership role.”

From 1986 to 1993, Gritton served as NSRD's deputy vice president. During much of that period he was also RAND's resident scholar for technology.

Since joining RAND, Gritton has pursued a broad array of research interests. These include studies on water quality simulation, advanced underwater marine vehicles, advanced technology evaluations, analyses of advanced weapon systems performance and new concepts for rapidly employable joint task forces.

Gritton received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and in 1986 he was named the Engineering Alumnus of the Year for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.


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