Stuart Johnson is currently director of international studies at the RAND Corporation (since 1997). He has been an adjunct associate professor at SIPA since 1992, and he is also an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University (since 1998).
Some of his publications include New Challenges, New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking, which he edited (RAND Corporation, September 2003); New Challenges, New Techniques, which he edited (RAND Corporation, June 2003); The Niche Threat: Deterring the Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (University Press of the Pacific, April 2002); Dominant Battlespace Knowledge, which he edited (National Defense University Press, 1995); Weapons of Mass Destruction: New Perspectives on Counterproliferation (National Defense University Press, January 1995); Beyond NATO, Complimentary Militaries Orbis (Spring 1993); and The Military Equation in Northeast Asia (The Brookings Institution, April 1979).
Dr. Johnson has served in a variety of posts in the defense field with a focus on defense planning and programming, and European security affairs. He currently heads the RAND research team that focuses on European defense issues with an accent on the future of US and allied military cooperation. He also leads RAND work with the MoDs of Hungary, Poland, and Romania to develop a plan to restructure their armed forces in a configuration that is appropriate to the new security environment in Central Europe.
He is also a professor in the RAND Graduate School. Prior to coming to RAND, Dr. Johnson spent a year as the senior scientist in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College. From 1988 through 1996, he served as director of research in the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU). During the mid 1980s, Dr. Johnson was head of the Systems Analysis Office at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Dr. Johnson served as principal European analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation) from 1977 through 1982.
He earned a BA from Amherst College in 1966. In 1971 he received a PhD from MIT. In the following one year he was NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physics, University of Leiden.