John Parachini, a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, has been appointed Director of the RAND Intelligence Policy Center, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced late last week. Created in 2001 as part of the RAND National Security Research Division, the center conducts research and analysis on international political, cultural and military developments to assist the nation’s defense and intelligence communities to understand emerging and continuing threats. “John Parachini’s extensive experience in counterterrorism, intelligence, and nuclear proliferation research will prove invaluable to RAND’s national security clients,” Thomson said. Parachini’s research at RAND includes reports on: the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to combat terrorism and promote national security strategies; the threat of chemical and biological warfare following the anthrax attacks of 2002; and the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups. Before joining RAND, Parachini served as executive director of the Washington office of the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Center for Nonproliferation, where he led and conducted research on terrorism, nonproliferation, arms control and Asian security. He has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and received a master’s degree in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Parachini has replaced Greg Treverton, who served as acting director of the Intelligence Policy Center since last October. Treverton is associate dean for research at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a RAND senior policy analyst.
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