Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation, and the political economy of national security.
Long previously worked as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation where he authored reports for the Carnegie Corporation, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While at RAND, he was an analyst and adviser to Multinational Force Iraq’s Task Force 134/Detention Operations and the I Marine Expeditionary Force (2007-2008). In 2011 he was an analyst and adviser to Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan. Long has also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, and International Crisis Group.
Long received his B.S. from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Long is the author of Deterrence - From Cold War to Long War: Lessons from Six Decades of RAND Research and On "Other War": Lessons from Five Decades of RAND Counterinsurgency Research.
Long was co-founder of the Working Group on Insurgency and Irregular Warfare at the MIT Center for International Studies and is a participant in the RAND Counterinsurgency Board of Experts. He has also taught on international security at Clark University.