Border and Port Security


Border and port security agencies are charged with keeping their nations safe from terrorists and illegal, smuggled goods. RAND researchers examine border and port security challenges and immigration issues, and also advises U.S. Customs and Border Security on ways to best allocate its limited resources.

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    Douglas C. Ligor

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law; B.S. in economics, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    David Luckey

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education M.B.A., University of Maryland; M.S. in air and space strategic studies, University of Maryland; M.A. in national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; B.A. in American studies/military history, Purdue University

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    Ian Mitch

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Wake Forest University

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    Thao (Liz) Nguyen

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education B.S. in chemistry, Lafayette College; Ph. D. in chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park

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    Blas Nunez-Neto

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education M.G.A. in government administration, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in Political Science and English, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

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    Angela Putney

    Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in astronomy, California Institute of Technology; S.B. in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    K. Jack Riley

    Vice President, RAND National Security Research Division; Director, RAND National Defense Research Institute
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in economics and Russian, University of Michigan

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    Scott Savitz

    Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in chemical engineering, Yale University; M.S. in chemical engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Pennsylvania

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    Sarah Soliman

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in technology policy, University of Cambridge; B.S. in computer engineering, West Virginia University; B.S. in biometric systems, West Virginia University

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    Henry H. Willis

    Associate Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.A. in environmental engineering and science, University of Cincinnati; B.A. in chemistry and environmental sciences, University of Pennsylvania

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