Austin Long, formerly a non-resident FPRI Senior Fellow, is an senior political scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation and the political economy of national security.
Dr. Long previously was an assistant professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation where he authored reports for the Carnegie Corporation, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While at RAND, he was an analyst and adviser to Multinational Force Iraq’s Task Force 134/Detention Operations and the I Marine Expeditionary Force (2007 to 2008). In 2011, he was an analyst and adviser to Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan. In 2013 he was an analyst and adviser to NATO Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan. Dr. Long has also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, and the International Crisis Group.
Dr. Long received his B.S. from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.