Dr. Rebecca Grant is President of IRIS Independent Research, a public-policy research organization in Washington, DC. Dr. Grant earned her Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, then worked for RAND and the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. In 1995, she founded IRIS Independent Research, performing work on strategic planning for aerospace and government clients. Recent studies for the Air Force have included analysis of major campaigns from Kosovo to Afghanistan and Iraq; evaluation of air base ground defense concepts; and research on long-range strike; and tracking of the military aircraft industrial base. For the Navy, recent studies include development of metrics for Phase 0 shaping operations for Fleet Forces Command; and a study of carrier aviation concepts and roles for the new CVN-78 Ford-class carrier for PEO-Carriers. Other studies have included research on global ISR requirements; and stealth maintenance and modernization issues.
She is also Director of the Washington Security Forum, a new research node for security topics. Her latest publication from the Washington Security Forum is The Case for a New Stealth Bomber published in February 2012.
Dr. Grant writes regularly for Air Force Magazine and has appeared on The Military Channel and other television as a commentator on airpower. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, her seven year-old daughter, her motorcycle and a Tennessee Walking Horse named Red.