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Matthew Lane

Matthew Lane

Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology


Matthew Lane is an Operations Research Analyst and Strategic Advisor for the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) at the Department of Defense. His current work centers on homeland defense and missile defense issues, strategic planning and military force planning, and deterrence and escalation implications of new warfighting concepts and capabilities.

Prior to joining CAPE, Matthew was a Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC. At the RAND Corporation, Matthew led and contributed to strategic and force planning projects for the Army, Air Force, Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2018 to 2021, Matthew also served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Analysis to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development at the Department of Defense. During that time, he led and contributed to several major initiatives, including conducting the annual strategic assessment of the National Defense Strategy and leading several DoD-wide strategic assessments of great-power competition and conflict to guide future concept development and deterrence planning.

Matthew earned a PhD in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016 and a MA in Political Science in 2012. Matthew graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with degrees in Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense.  


Matthew Lane, Bryan Frederick, Jennifer Kavanagh, Stephen Watts, Nathan Chandler, Meagan L. Smith, Assessing Future Trends in Armed Conflict and U.S. Military Interventions, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2020.

Timothy R. Heath and Matthew Lane, Science-Based Scenario Design: A Proposed Approach to Support Political-Strategic Analysis, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2019. 

Christopher Pernin, Angela O’Mahoney, Gene Germanovich, Matthew Lane, Chasing Multinational Interoperability: Values, Objectives, and Strategies, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2019.

Wade Markel, Laurinda Rohn, Frank Camm, Gene Germanovich, Katherine Hastings, Matthew Lane, Duncan Long, Corday Ogletree, Stephan Seabrook, Every Dollar Counts: Linking Army Cost and Performance at the Strategic Level, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2018.