Stephanie Young is a policy researcher at the non-partisan, not-for-profit RAND Corporation, where she works on a broad range of national security issues. Her primary interests relate to defense budgeting and resource allocation, but other recent areas for research and analysis include security cooperation/building partner capacity, especially in the context of reducing the threat associated with nuclear, chemical, and biological threats; the US military transition out of Iraq; special operations; and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In 2012 she spent three months as an analyst embedded with the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan in Kabul. She is also a core faculty member of the Pardee RAND Greaduate School, where she teaches a Ph.D. level course on the U.S. Defense Budget. Stephanie has a BA in physics and astrophysics, and a PhD in history, all from the University of California, Berkeley.