Director of Modeling, Simulation and Training
Institute for Creative Technologies
Ryan McAlinden is the director of modeling, simulation and training at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He rejoined ICT in 2013 after a three year post as a senior scientist at the NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCIA) in The Hague, Netherlands. There he led the provision of operational analysis support from NCIA to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. He deployed to ISAF seven times and worked with the Afghan Assessment Group (AAG) which provides the four-star commander with analyses of the combat mission. McAlinden specifically provided security assessments, and was responsible for locating trends of decreasing violent activity in the southern parts of the country, as well as authoring official ISAF reports detailing civilian casualties. He trained Afghan analysts in the Afghan Office of the National Security Council (ONSC), and served as an official ISAF representative on matters relating to civilian casualties. These efforts helped earn him NATO’s highest award – the NATO Meritorious Service Medal which he was awarded in 2012 by the NATO Secretary General. He also received the NATO Non-Article 5 Medal in 2011 for his service in Afghanistan. Prior to joining NCIA, Ryan worked as a computer scientist at ICT from 2002 through 2009 where he led several projects related to modeling and simulation and the training of future commanders for counterinsurgency operations. He worked closely with Army and Marine training organizations to improve cross-functional training in the areas of asymmetric warfare and counter-IED operations . Ryan earned his B.S. from Rutgers University and M.S. in computer science from USC. He is married with one child and lives in Echo Park.