David Ochmanek is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was a senior defense analyst and director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program for Project Air Force at the RAND Corporation, where he worked from 1985 until 1993, and again from 1995 until 2009. From 1993 until 1995, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy.
Prior to joining RAND, Mr. Ochmanek was a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, serving from 1980 to 1985 in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, U.S. Embassy Bonn, and the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. From 1973 to 1978, he was an officer in the United States Air Force.
He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities.
Mr. Ochmanek is the author of numerous publications, including:
The Challenge of Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries (with Lowell H. Schwartz), RAND, 2008.
A New Division of Labor: Meeting America’s Security Challenges Beyond Iraq (with Andrew R. Hoehn et al), RAND, 2007.
Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad: Implications for the United States Air Force, RAND, 2003.
The Real and the Ideal: Essays on International Relations in Honor of Richard H. Ullman (editor, with Anthony Lake), Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.
NATO's Future: Implications for U.S. Military Capabilities and Posture, RAND, 2000.
To Find and Not To Yield: How Information and Firepower Can Transform Theater Warfare (with Ted Harshberger, et al), RAND, 1998.
"Rethinking U.S. Defense Planning," in Survival, Spring 1997 (with Zalmay Khalilzad).
Strategic Appraisal 1997: Strategy and Defense Planning for the 21st Century (editor, with Zalmay Khalilzad), RAND, 1997.
The New Calculus: Analyzing Airpower's Changing Role in Joint Theater Campaigns, RAND, 1993 (with C. J. Bowie, et al).
Next Moves: An Arms Control Agenda for the 1990’s, The Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 1989 (with Edward L. Warner III).