Cynthia R. Cook

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Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, RAND National Defense Research Institute; Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in sociology, Harvard University; B.S. in management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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Previous Positions

Research Specialist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recent Projects

  • Acquisition policy and cyber acquisition
  • Weapon systems sustainment, including contractor logistics support
  • Science and technology policy
  • Implementation of organizational change

Selected Publications

Michael Boito, Cynthia R. Cook, John C. Graser, Contractor Logistics Support in the U.S. Air Force, RAND Corporation (MG-779-AF), 2009

Obaid Younossi et al., Improving the Cost Estimation of Space Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-690-AF), 2008

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

Cynthia R. Cook et al., Assembling and Supporting the Joint Strike Fighter in the UK: Issues and Costs, RAND Corporation (MR-1771-MOD), 2005

Mark A. Lorell et al., Price-Based Acquisition: Issues and Challenges for Defense Department Procurement of Weapons Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-337-AF), 2005

Cynthia R. Cook et al., Rethinking How the Air Force Manages Sustainment Surge, RAND Corporation (MG-372-AF), 2005

Honors & Awards

  • President's Award, RAND Corporation
  • Silver Medal Award, RAND Corporation