Brien Alkire

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


Ph.D. in electrical engineering, UCLA

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Brien Alkire is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. His current research interests include evaluating the performance of unmanned aircraft, space systems, communication, sensor and cyber technologies, and developing new concepts for employing them. He is also a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he teaches courses in optimization and ISR. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as a senior systems engineer at Northrop Grumman, where he was involved in the design of sonar systems for the Virginia-class submarine and development of software with robotics and control applications. He has worked as a lecturer in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), teaching courses in numerical analysis. In his dissertation, he developed interior-point methods that exploit structure to solve useful classes of semidefinite programming problems. Alkire received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA.

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Selected Publications

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

Bernie 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, John Birkler, Brien Alkire, Acquisition and Competition Strategy Options for the DD(X) : the U.S. Navy's 21st Century Destroyer, RAND (MG-259/1-Navy), 2006

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