Major Kristin Saling

KSALINGKristin Saling is a strategic analyst in the Strategic Assessment Division, Resources and Assessment Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). She is responsible for providing detailed analysis and environmental assessments relating to regional campaign level effects in the USPACOM area of responsibility.

Prior to her service at USPACOM, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, where she spent two years teaching and researching stochastic processes, deterministic models, system dynamics, and quantitative value modeling. In addition to her teaching experience, MAJ Saling has presented at over 20 U.S. and international research conferences, and has published her work in varied academic journals such as Systems Engineering, the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, the Journal of Strategic Security, and Public Relations Review.

Before joining to USMA, MAJ Saling earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in May 2011 (Thesis: Integrating Probabilistic Design and Rare-Event Simulation into the Requirements Engineering Process to Analyze Risk Problems in High Reliability Systems) and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Aug 2005.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from USMA in 2001. She has thirteen years of experience in Army and Joint operations, and has served two long tours and multiple short tours in overseas combat areas.

Her areas of particular interest include network analysis, stochastic systems, system dynamics, and soft systems analysis, particularly in communication, marketing and media, and emergency management.

Read Kristin’s Co-Authored Paper for Firestorm: Situational Q-sort – Quantifying Subjective Impressions