Frank Camm

Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. and A.M. in economics, University of Chicago; A.B. in economics, Princeton University

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Frank Camm is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His current work for the U.S. Air Force focuses on how to implement congressionally mandated capital planning and investment control (CPIC) policies for Air Force information technology infrastructure, and whether to change the sustainment of the F-22 air vehicle and its associated F119 engine. Camm's work for the U.S. Army focuses on how to assess the likely cost of changing the level of readiness in the Army, and whether and how to change the governance of Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems. His work for the Office of the Secretary of Defense focuses on whether and how to change current congressional requirements to count direct labor hours associated with defense contracts. His work for NASA focuses on how to assess and improve flight testing in support of aeronautical research. During his 35-year career at RAND, Camm has participated in a series of efforts to implement process changes in the DoD. He led RAND's development of lean logistics and support of its implementation in the Air Force. He devised and tested metrics systems in Air Force depots, and developed metrics systems for high-level oversight of Army logistics. He has studied best commercial practices in change management at first hand and developed ways to adapt these methods to the implementation of process changes in Air Force sourcing practice, DoD environmental management practice, and Army integration of its operational and institutional activities.

Recent Projects

  • How changes in the deployable part of the Army--the operational Army--affect demand for services from the nondeployable institutional Army
  • Improving the use of formal risk assessment tools in Air Force and Army strategic force planning
  • Changing Air Force acquisition policies and practices to reduce the negative effects of bid protests
  • Improving policies and processes in the Air Force inspection system
  • Empirical evidence on how well performance-based accountability systems work

Selected Publications

Frank Camm, Laura Werber, Julie Kim, Elizabeth Wilke, Rena Rudavsky., Charting the Course for a New Air Force Inspection System, RAND Corporation (TR-1291), 2013

Frank Camm, Thomas Light, Mary E. Chenoweth, Peter Lewis, Rena Rudavsky, Analysis of Government Accountability Office Bid Protests in Air Force Source Selections over the Past Two Decades, RAND Corporation (TR-883), 2012

Frank Camm "How to Decide When a Contractor Source Is Better to Use Than a Government Source," in Christopher Kinsey and Malcolm Patterson (eds.), Contractors and War, Stanford University Press, 2012

Brian Stecher, Frank Camm, Cheryl Damberg, Laura Hamilton, Kathleen Mullen, Christopher Nelson, Paul Sorenson, Martin Wachs, Allison Yoh, Gail Zellman, Toward a Culture of Consequences: Performance-Based Accountability Systems for Public Services, RAND Corporation (MG-1019), 2010

Frank Camm, Richard Silberglitt, Steven Berner, Brian Chow, Bruce Held, Gregory Jones, Caroline Reilly, Jonathan Vaccaro, Analysis of the Technology Innovator Industrial Base for CREW 3.3,, RAND Corporation (MG-998), 2009

Frank Camm, Lauren Caston, Alexander C. Hou, Forrest E. Morgan, Alan Vick, Managing Risk in USAF Force Planning, RAND Corporation (MG-827), 2009

Frank Camm, James T. Bartis, Charles Bushman, Federal Financial Incentives to Induce Early Experience Producing Unconventional Liquid Fuels, RAND Corporation (TR-586), 2008

Frank Camm, Ralph Masi, Cynthia R. Cook, Anny Wong, What the Army Needs to Know to Align Its Operational and Institutional Activities, RAND Corporation (MG-530), 2007

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Business Week; Christian Science Monitor; Federal Times

Commentary: Defense News


  • 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