Ms. Polley joined the Starburst team in 2020 as Manager of Defense Accounts, leading engagements with defense clients to identify emergent technology solutions for current and proposed defense projects.
Prior to joining Starburst, she served as a defense and policy researcher at the RAND Corporation for 5 years where she worked on cyber and defense-related science & technology projects spanning the DOD, DHS, and the IC; topics of research included emergent/disruptive technology application to the military, information operations, electronic warfare, cyber test ranges, cyber strategy, multi-domain operations, AI, ML, wargames, defense acquisition, counter-terrorism/counter-violent extremism, risk characterization, infrastructure analysis, and process reviews of mission support functions. Before RAND, Ms. Polley also served briefly with NIST where she co-led the environmental scanning research team for Executive Order 13800 – “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” – for the “American Cybersecurity Workforce Development” section, and also served as the Senior Assistant Editor for the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. Ms. Polley holds a DOD TS//SCI clearance, as well as a DHS HQ PIV.
Ms. Polley is also in the final year of her PhD at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, focusing her doctorate research on modeling & simulating the effects of cyber capabilities on integrated military networks and systems-of-systems. She currently holds a Master’s in Philosophy for Policy Analysis (from Pardee RAND Graduate School), a Master’s in Public Administration (from California State University, San Bernardino), a Bachelor’s of Art in Cultural Studies (from the University of California, Davis), and a Certificate in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (from the University of Leiden).
Select unclassified and publicly available publications include:
• Daniel R. Gonzales, Sarah Harting, Mary Kate Adgie, Julia Brackup, Lindsey Polley, Karlyn D. Stanley, Unclassified and Secure: A Defense Industrial Base Cyber Protection Program for Unclassified Defense Networks, March 2020, RAND Corporation, RR-4227-RC.
• Sean Robson, Bonnie Triezenberg, Samantha E. DiNicola, Lindsey Polley, John S. Davis, Maria C. Lytell, Software Acquisition Workforce Initiative for the Department of Defense, March 2020, RAND Corporation, RR-3145-OSD.
• Eric V. Larson, Bryan Boling, Derek Eaton, Suzanne Genc, David Kravitz, Kristin Leuschner, Andrew Lewis, Jason Liggett, Lindsey Polley, U.S. Army North in the Hurricane Maria Response, February 2020, RAND Corporation, RR-2967-A.