Conversation with Authors: John Whitley on Five Methods for Measuring Unobserved Events — A Case Study of Federal Law Enforcement

John Whitley is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). His work at IDA includes resource allocation and performance issues in national security, defense resource management analysis, and the study of immigration policy. He is also an adjunct lecturer at The George Washington University in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where he has taught National Security Economics.

Prior to joining IDA, he was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) at the Department of Homeland Security where he led the resource allocation process and the measurement, reporting, and improvement of performance. At DHS, John worked on counterterrorism, immigration, cybersecurity, and disaster management issues. Prior to DHS, John worked in the Department of Defense office of PA&E on defense resource management issues. While at the Department of Defense he also served as a defense fellow in the U.S. Senate in the office of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. Prior to returning to Washington, John was a faculty member in the economics department of the University of Adelaide in Australia where he conducted research on agricultural markets and crime. John has also served in the U.S. Army.

John has a PhD and MA in economics from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech.