Brien Alkire

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Senior Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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Overview

Brien Alkire is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He currently leads and conducts research in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); space warfare; communications; unmanned aircraft systems; electronic and cyber warfare. In the past he has served as an associate program director and helped to manage a portfolio of research for the Air Force. Alkire supervises doctoral dissertations and teaches courses in optimization and ISR. He has developed a wide range of mathematical and computer models, including models of sensor and communication system performance, counter-space warfare models for wargaming, and optimization models with applications in acquisition and military logistics. He also has experience in the design and execution of wargames and their application to policy research. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as an engineer on the design and development of software, systems, and circuits with defense and commercial applications. His academic concentrations were operations research, signal processing, and communications. Alkire received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA.

Selected Publications

Sherrill Lingel, Lance Menthe, Brien Alkire, et al, Methodologies for Analyzing Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Future Roles and Missions, RAND (DB-637-AF), 2012

Brien Alkire, James G. Kallimani, Peter A. Wilson, Louis R. Moore, Applications for Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems, RAND (MG-957-NAVY), 2010

Bernard Fox, Kevin Brancato, Brien Alkire, Guidelines and Metrics for Assessing Space System Cost Estimates, RAND (TR-418-AF), 2008

Jessie Riposo, Brien Alkire, John F. Schank, Mark Arena, James G. Kallimani, U.S. Navy Shipyards: An Evaluation of Worload- and Workforce-Management Practices, RAND (MG-751-NAVY), 2008

Brien Alkire, John Birkler, Lisa Dolan, James Dryden, Bryce Mason, Littoral Combat Ships: Relating Performance to Mission Package Inventories, Homeports and Installation Sites, RAND (MG-528-NAVY), 2007

John Schank, Giles Smith, Brien Alkire, Modernizing the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fleet: Accelerating CVN 21 Production Versus Mid-Life Refueling, RAND (MG-289-NAVY), 2005

John Birkler, Brien Alkire, Robert Button, The U.S. Coast Guards Deepwater Force Modernization Plan: Can It Be Accelerated? Will It Meet Changing Security Needs?RAND (MG-114-USCG), 2004

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