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Janelle Gatchalian Lor Named Research Fellow

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Janelle Gatchalian Lor has been promoted to the position of Research Fellow. Ms. Lor is currently assigned to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Wargaming Division, where she supports experimentation and combat development efforts. In addition to her role as Assistant Support Officer, she recently served as an analyst for the 2012 Naval Services Game, a Navy-Marine Corps wargame examining the challenges of naval force aggregation. Ms. Lor previously held the position of Research Associate at the Institute.

Regarding Ms. Lor's promotion, Mike Lowe, Director of the Institute's Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, commented, "As the Director of CETO, I have had the privilege of observing Janelle at work within the Institute for a number of years.  Throughout this time she has continued to demonstrate, improve and expand her overall analytical skills.  Simultaneously, her impressive leadership and management abilities have become increasingly evident.  We are thrilled to have an individual of Janelle's caliber on the team supporting the Marine Corps and I look forward to observing her most certain continued success as an Analyst with the Potomac Institute." Ms. Lor said, "It is an honor to be recognized by the Institute's leadership and I am grateful to be considered for this position. I look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues in making the Potomac Institute the premier S&T 'think and do' tank.”

Ms. Lor has over a decade of experience providing project management, research and analysis support, and technology assessment to a variety of projects and studies for the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research & Development Center, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.  Her broad area of work has ranged from small unit operations, experimentation and training to technology transition of successful S&T products.

She has contributed to many of the Institute’s research efforts and technical reports, including Operational Utility Assessment of the Common Ground Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, Counter-Insurgency: Past, Present & Future, New Concepts in Human Systems Integration I & II, Computer Science Futures II, Conflict in the 21st Century: The Rise of Hybrid Wars, Distributed Operations Architecture Study: A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and U.S. Marine Corps Partnership, Shaping Science and Technology to Serve National Security, Technologically-Based Biodefense, and Defense Microelectronics.

Additionally, Ms. Lor served as Assistant Editor for the 2004-2005 editions of the Review of Policy Research, an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of research and the outcomes and consequences of policy change in domestic and comparative contexts.

Ms. Lor attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political & Social Thought, a Distinguished Majors Program, and a minor in Anthropology.

Featured Publications

Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research  A Life at Full Speed   Al Gray, Marine   Al Queda Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond


Institute Focus

  • Science and Technology Policy
  • National Security
  • S&T Forecasting
  • Operational Research
  • Terrorism and Asymmetry
  • Emerging Threats and Opportunities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Neurotechnology and ethics


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