Laura H. Baldwin

laura baldwin
Associate Director, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Economist
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Duke University; B.A. in mathematics, Furman University

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Overview

Laura H. Baldwin is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and associate director of RAND's National Security Research Division. She previously served as director of the Resource Management Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE. Baldwin's research has addressed a variety of military logistics and acquisition challenges associated with managing life cycle costs of weapon systems, including drivers of aircraft operating and support costs and opportunities to reduce them over time; provision of combat support activities in a joint contingency environment; public/private competitions for provision of services; and implementation of best commercial purchasing and supply management practices. She helped evaluate the option of using commercial sources of refueling within the continental United States as part of the analysis of alternatives for the recapitalization of the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker. And she co-founded RAND's Defense Economics sessions at the annual Western Economic Association International meetings. Baldwin received her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University.

Recent Projects

  • Reducing Operating and Support Costs for U.S. Air Force Aircraft
  • Contracting in a Joint Operational Environment; Contracting to Support Air Force Contingency Operations
  • Adapting and Adopting Best Commercial Practices for Purchasing and Supply Management within the U.S. Air Force

Selected Publications

Michael Boito, Thomas Light, Patrick Mills, Laura H. Baldwin, Managing U.S. Air Force Aircraft Operating and Support Costs: Insights from Recent RAND Analysis and Opportunities for the Future, RAND Corporation (RR-1077), 2016

Laura H. Baldwin et al., Analyzing Contingency Contracting Purchases for Operation Iraqi Freedom, RAND Corporation (MG-559/1), 2008

Lloyd Dixon et al., An Assessment of Air Force Data on Contract Expenditures, RAND Corporation (MG-274), 2006

Michael Kennedy et al., Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) for KC-135 Recapitalization: Executive Summary, RAND Corporation (MG-495), 2006

Laura H. Baldwin, John A. Ausink and Nancy Nicosia, Air Force Service Procurement: Approaches for Measurement and Management, RAND Corporation (MG-299-AF), 2005

Laura H. Baldwin and Glenn A. Gotz, "Transfer Prices for Air Force Component Repair Decisions," Defence and Peace Economics, 15(1), 2004

Laura H. Baldwin and Ellen M. Pint, "Economic Analysis for Defence Decision-Makers: Personnel, Capital and Alliances," Defence and Peace Economics, 14(5), 2003

Laura H. Baldwin , Robert C. Marshall, and Jean-Francois Richard, "Bidder Collusion at Forest Service Timber Sales," Journal of Political Economy, 105(4), 1997

Commentary

  • A 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief marshals a B-2A Spirit bomber during an orientation flight at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 27, 2015

    Inside the Fish Bowl: High Stakes Acquisition Protests

    The Boeing-Lockheed Martin team filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office asserting that the U.S. Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman to build the Long Range Strike-Bomber was fundamentally flawed. Work on the program, valued at approximately $80 billion, is now paused.

    Dec 3, 2015 Defense News

  • The KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft takes off on its maiden flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, December 28, 2014

    Lessons from the Past for the Future of the KC-46A

    Analysis suggests that fixed-price contracts have not successfully reduced costs to the DoD associated with developing complex weapon systems. This has implications for the Air Force, given the importance of the ongoing KC-46A program.

    Sep 16, 2015 Breaking Defense

  • William LaPlante, assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition, testifies on acquisition reform before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, April 22, 2015

    Apply Principles of Professional Change Management to Any Acquisition Reform, or Risk More Failure

    If Congress enacts substantial changes to acquisition processes as part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, then it has a responsibility to ensure that the DoD has the opportunity and resources to implement proven change management principles to increase the chances for its success.

    Aug 7, 2015 The Hill

  • U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors as they fly over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., March 3, 2011

    Lessons from a Long History of Acquisition Reform

    Congress and the DoD have a long history of efforts to improve the way weapon systems are acquired. Now, significant changes to DoD acquisition policies and processes are again being proposed in the House and Senate in an attempt to get needed military capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines faster and cheaper.

    Jul 17, 2015 The Hill

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