Gary Cecchine is Director of the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He leads and conducts technical and policy research in many disciplines, including energy and environmental policy, coastal protection, emergency preparedness and response, homeland security, and science policy. His research at RAND has included many projects about military health issues, including Gulf War Illness and veterans’ health care. He also directs policy research in health, education, economics, public safety and justice, and regional and strategic planning. Gary earned his Ph.D. in biology and public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Tampa, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was an officer in the 25th Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Medical Command.