John Harvey, Director, SFRD John Harvey

The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) conducts comprehensive, interdisciplinary analyses of defense policy and force  planning issues related to:

  • Analyzing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defenses
  • Organizational effectiveness and human capital management
  • Defense resource management practices, techniques and tools
  • Developments and trends in international arms markets and foreign development of militarily-relevant technologies
  • International security concerns and opportunities for collaboration with security partners
  • Force structure and military capability alternatives and
  • Quantitative estimates of risk and incorporating those estimates into strategy and program decision making.
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SFRD researchers possess a broad array of expertise and experience. Former senior Department of Defense(Open external link)(Open external link)(Open external link)(Open external link)(Open external link)(Open external link) military leaders and policy decision makers work side-by-side with scientists and analysts to examine and evaluate the capabilities of military forces, homeland defenses, and defense support and infrastructure programs. They develop specific analytical methodologies, quantitative approaches, and simulation techniques to inform the decision making of research sponsors. The staff represent nearly all the traditional academic disciplines, including science and mathematics, economics, and social and political science. Nearly 90 percent hold advanced degrees; of those nearly 60 percent are doctorates or post-doctorate.

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