Isaac Porche

Background

Issac PorcheIsaac is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he currently serves as the Director of the Acquisition and Development Program in the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC).  As the director, Isaac overseas a wide range of projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security and its components.  He joined RAND in 1998 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.  He has led research projects for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has served on the U.S. Army Science Board supporting a number of its cyber related panels. At the Institute of Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, Isaac serves as an adjunct instructor, where he teaches a graduate class titled Policy and Technology of Cyberwar.  He has authored numerous RAND publications, peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He is also a frequent contributor of op-eds and commentary for news outlets on military and science topics and has been quoted in other media outlets including National Public Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. 

Isaac’s areas of expertise include cybersecurity, network and communication technology, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, data mining, modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, rapid acquisition processes, and operations research techniques. In 2016, he presented testimony on emerging cyber threats and implications before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. Isaac’s latest publication, Cyber Power Potential of the Army’s Reserve Component, focuses on research conducted on how to train, manage, and develop the Army’s Cyber force.