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    Big Data Could Improve Military Recruiting

    Oct 22, 2019

    DoD and the U.S. military services have had some success with data-enabled outreach and recruiting. But they could benefit from expanding their adoption of private-sector approaches. For example, recruiters could better target prospects through the use of personally identifiable information and third-party data.

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    Big Data, Big Questions

    Oct 16, 2017

    RAND-Lex is a computer program that can scan millions of lines of text and identify what people are talking about, how they fit into communities, and how they see the world. The program has shed light on how terrorists communicate, how the American public thinks about health, and more.

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    Daniel M. Gerstein

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in biodefense, George Mason University; M.S. in national security, National Defense University; M.M.A.S. in national security strategy, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College; M.S. in operations research, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in engineering, United States Military Academy

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    Kenneth J. Girardini

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Amelia Harshfield

    Analyst
    Education M.P.H., Imperial College London; B.Sc. (Hons) in physiological sciences, Newcastle University

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    Andrew Karode

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education B.A. in computer science and political science, Wake Forest University; M.S. in computer science, Wake Forest University

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    Bradley Knopp

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education BA in political science, Furman University; MA in political science, Georgetown University; Cert in national security studies, National War College

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    David Kravitz

    Data Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Delaware

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    Jesse Lastunen

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil. in technology policy, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. in specialized economic analysis, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics; B.Sc. (Tech.) in industrial engineering and management, Tampere University of Technology

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    Shawn McKay

    Senior Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, Arizona State University

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    Osonde A. Osoba

    Co-Director, Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Information Scientist;
    Education Ph.D. & M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Southern California; B.S. in electrical and computer engineering, University of Rochester

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    Bhanu Patruni

    Senior Analyst
    Education M.Tech in transportation systems engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

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    Carter C. Price

    Senior Mathematician
    Education Ph.D. in applied mathematics, University of Maryland; M.S. in applied mathematics, University of Maryland; B.A. in mathematics and physics, Hendrix College

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    James Ryseff

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.S. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in computer science, University of Illinois

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    Ricardo Sanchez

    Co-Director, Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis; Research Software Engineer
    Education M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Pittsburgh; M.S. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in electrical engineering, Rice University

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    Katharine Sieck

    Behavioral/Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in anthropology, Emory University; M.A. in anthropology, University of London; B.A. in anthropology, University of Chicago

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    Joshua Valor Snoke

    Associate Statistician
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in mathematics, economics, Wheaton College

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    Brian G. Vegetabile

    Associate Statistician
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, UC Irvine; M.S. in statistics, UC Irvine; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Penn State University

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    Tal Wolfson

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; B.A. in economics and philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem