James S. Thomason, Senior Analyst, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analyses


 Ph.D., International Relations, Northwestern University (1978)

B.A., Government, Harvard College (1969)


Senior Projects Manager, Institute for Defense Analyses

Director of consulting team to the CORM

Professional Staff Member, Center for Naval Analyses

Consultant, State Department

Member, Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission, State of Illinois

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii


Division Nominee, Outstanding Research Analyst, Institute for Defense Analyses

Dissertation Fellowship Award, Northwestern University

National Institute of Health Research Fellowship

Magna cum Laude, Honors thesis, Harvard College


Flexible Presence: A Concept for the 21st Century, Joint Forces Quarterly, forthcoming, Spring, 1999

Contributor, " Report of the Secretary of Defense to Congress on the National Defense Stockpile," January 1999

The Quadrennial Defense Review Process:  Lessons Learned from the 1997 Review and Options for the Future, IDA Paper P-3402, June 1998

Observations on Joint Staff Responsibilities, Organizations, and Processes, IDA Paper P-3163, April 1996

Evolving Service Roles in Presence Missions, IDA Paper P-3146, August 1995

Presence Analyses for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, IDA

Document D-1707, June 1995

IDA Analyses of Overseas Presence for the Commission on Roles and Missions, An Annotated Briefing, IDA Document D-1725, June 1995

Assessing Resource Options for National Security Preparedness, Parameters XXIV,No. 2, Summer 1994

Globalization of the Defense Industrial and Technological Base Opportunities and Risks for Crisis Preparedness: Highlights IDA-FEMA-DOD Resource Preparedness Seminar Series Document, September 1993

 Allied Limits on U.S. Military Access: Prospects and Implications, IDA Paper P-2010, April 1997

Retention Costs of the GI Bill and the Draft: New Evidence from the Navy's Enlisted Force, CNA

Research Memorandum 85-38, June 1985

Keeping the Force: Retaining Military Careerists, Armed Forces and Society, V