Thomas L Mc Naugher


Professor in the Practice, and Director of Studies, CSS


Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Before leaving the RAND Corporation in June 2011 to join the Security Studies Program faculty, Dr. Thomas McNaugher was a Senior Analyst at RAND and Director of its Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP). From June 2001 to March 2007, he was RAND’s Vice President for Army Research and Director of the RAND Arroyo Center, the Army's federally-funded research institute. From 1981 to 1995, Dr. McNaugher was first a Research Associate and, after 1989, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editorial board of Joint Forces Quarterly.

A West Point graduate, Dr. McNaugher served as an active duty Army officer from 1968 to 1975, including a tour as an advisor in the Republic of Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. As a mobilized Army Reservist, McNaugher participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, on the Arabian Peninsula, from December 1990 to May 1991. Colonel McNaugher retired from the US Army Reserves in January 2000.


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  • B.S. () U.S. Military Academy,
  • M.P.A. () Harvard University, Political Science
  • Ph.D. () Harvard University, Political Science