Donald Burgess Laird, Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Laird is a Senior International Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation. His areas of expertise include defense strategy, international affairs, joint force development, cross-domain deterrence, and arms control. He has held positions in both the private and public sectors to include the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Mr. Laird has lectured on defense strategy, nuclear deterrence, and arms control issues at universities and academic institutions including the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Royal College of Defense Studies, and the U.S. Naval Academy among other venues. In 2011-2012, Mr. Laird was a Fellow in MIT’s Seminar XXI Program, and in 2008-09, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. Mr. Laird is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

Mr. Laird holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. Naval Institute.