PRGS News: Alum Jack Riley Becomes RAND VP and Director of NSRD

Nov. 18, 2009

Effective January 15, 2010, K. Jack Riley will be promoted to vice president and director of RAND's National Security Research Division and director of the National Defense Research Institute, the federally-funded research and development center that RAND operates for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

As a senior policy analyst entering his 11th year at RAND, Riley's work has centered on domestic and international security issues, including assessments of security institutions in Palestine, Liberia, and Afghanistan; cost-effectiveness analyses of security measures in a variety of contexts, including airports and passenger rail facilities; a multiyear evaluation of police-community relations in Cincinnati; and the development of an intervention to reduce gun violence in east Los Angeles.

While at RAND, Riley has helped establish a variety of initiatives, including the Center on Quality Policing, the Supply Chain Policy Center, the Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, and the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute. A native of Michigan, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, his master's from Georgetown, and his doctorate from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. With this appointment, Riley will be the first RAND officer to be based in the Pittsburgh office.