About IRIS Independent Research

IRIS Mission

Military facts.  Strategic analysis.  Advanced technology trends.  Airpower in national security. IRIS Independent Research tackles highly selective projects for a list of top clients.  Current and future applications of military technology are the main themes of our research. Recent projects include:

  • F-22 Combat Operations
  • B-2 vs. China and Russia
  • US Military Aircraft Industrial Base Vulnerabilities
  • Army ITEP Improved Turbine Engine Program
  • Tampering with Zeus: Autonomy Technologies and US Military Policy
  • Contested Seas: A Conversation About the US Navy
  • Pacific Security and the E-2D
  • Pacific Pivot: Implications for US Fighter Aircraft
  • Cyberspace and Military Operations
  • Smart Grid Implementation Challenges
  • JSTARS Role in Afghanistan Operations
  • Navy Perspectives on F-35
  • Fighter/Bomber Programs and Technology Readiness Levels for New Systems
  • Analysis of Operational Concepts for Air Force Long Range Strike
  • Navy Fleet Forces and Global Shaping Operations

Military facts, advanced technology, national security and what it means for you

Dr. Rebecca Grant Bio

Dr. Rebecca Grant is a national security analyst based in Washington, DC.  She earned her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics at age 25 then worked for RAND and on the staff of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  Since founding IRIS Independent Research, she has specialized in research for government and aerospace industry clients ranging from analysis of military campaigns to projects on major technology acqusition such as the B-21 bomber.  Dr. Grant has written over 100 articles for Air Force Magazine and appears regularly on the Smithsonian Channel, Fox News, CNN,  Veterans Radio and other media outlets talking about airpower and national security.  She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and daughter and spends her leisure time with Thoroughbred ex-racehorses off the track.   She has flown with the United States Air Force in the T-38, E-3 AWACS, B-52, F-16 Aggressors, F-15 in Exercise Cope North and in the B-2 Spirit bomber.  

Subject-Matter Expertise

  • National Security
  • Global Military Operations
  • Missile Defense
  • Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Drones and Unmanned Tech
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Airpower
  • American Political Culture

GSA Schedule

IRIS Independent Research is please to offer our GSA Schedule Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) GS-10F-0233M