Forrest E.


Forrest E. Morgan

Adjunct Professor
412-683-2300 ext. 4924



  • PhD, Policy Studies, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1998
  • Master of Airpower Arts and Science, Air University School of Advanced Airpower Studies, 1994
  • MA, Webster University, 1987
  • BS, University of Maryland, 1978


Dr. Forrest E. Morgan is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization that supports policymaking on important regional, national, and international issues. His work at RAND focuses on strategy and doctrine research for the Air Force, Army, and other agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community.

Dr. Morgan joined RAND in 2003 after retiring from a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force. His service there included duty as a signals intelligence analyst and as a space operations officer in various operations and staff positions. Later he served on the strategy and policy staff at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, and as professor of comparative military studies at the Air University School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS).

Dr. Morgan leads the RAND Pittsburgh outreach effort to the University of Pittsburgh Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He also serves as an adjunct member of the GSPIA faculty, teaching Strategy and Policy in the fall semester and Space and National Security in the spring semester.

Teaching and Research Areas Select

  • Military theory and strategy, national security policy, space policy, operations, and strategy.

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Deterrence and First-Strike Stability in Space: A Preliminary Assessment. RAND, 2010.
  • Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century. RAND, 2008.
  • Compellence and the Strategic Culture of Imperial Japan: Implications for Coercive Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Praeger, 2003.
  • Co-authored with Alan Vick. Managing Risk in USAF Force Planning. RAND, 2009.
  • Co-authored with Eric Larson. Understanding Commanders’ Information Needs for Influence Operations. RAND, 2009.
  • Co-authored with David Johnson. The Strategic Dimension of Irregular Challenges: A Report on Unified Quest 2006. RAND, 2007.
  • Co-authored with Karl Mueller. Striking First: Preemptive and Preventive Attack in U.S. National Security Policy. RAND, 2006.

Consultancies, Public Service and Awards/ Honors

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • University of Maryland nomination for the APPAM PhD dissertation award, 1999-2000


  • Strategy and Policy
  • Space and National Security

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, 2003-Present
  • Core faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2009-Present
  • Adjunct faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2006-2008
  • Chairman, Curriculum Review Committee, Air University SAASS, 2002-2003
  • Professor of Comparative Military Studies, Air University SAASS, 2000-2003
  • Instructor, USAF Air Command and Staff College, 1999-2000

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