Melanie W. Sisson
Senior Fellow and Director
Melanie W. Sisson is Senior Fellow and Director with the Stimson Center Defense Strategy and Planning Program. Her work focuses on the relationship between defense strategic planning processes and the likelihood of achieving foreign policy and national security objectives.
Prior to joining Stimson Melanie was a Senior Associate with the RAND Corporation, where she conducted research on force planning, strategic approaches to countering domestic and international terrorism, covert operations, and enhancing planning and management processes within the Department of Defense. She is a former member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MA from the Columbia University School of International Affairs.