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Kevin N. Lewis

Kevin N. Lewis (March 23, 1955 – April 26, 2008) was an American defense analyst researcher at the RAND Corporation.



Early life and educationEdit

Lewis attended the Harvard School. He graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a degree in operations research, and earned his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


As a graduate student, Lewis interned at RAND in Santa Monica, California, and went on to work there throughout his career. Soon after joining RAND, he published an article in Scientific American about the effects of nuclear war.[1] Dr. Lewis worked on national defense policy. His professional career spanned the Cold War, "Star Wars," the military downsizing that followed, and the response to global terrorism.

He had been an instructor or adjunct faculty member at MIT, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Southern California, and the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Published worksEdit

Lewis authored 27 articles and book chapters. He analyzed and wrote on a range of topics, including the Soviet Union and its defense forces and strategies, joint maritime operations, ballistic missile defense, economic targeting in modern warfare, historical analyses of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army force postures and budgets, and visions for U.S. defense.[2]


  1. ^ Kevin N. Lewis, "The Prompt and Delayed Effects of Nuclear War," Scientific American 24 1 (July 1979): 35-47.
  2. ^ "In Remembrance of Kevin Lewis". RAND Items. 15 May 2008.

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