Jeffrey A. Drezner

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Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in political science, Claremont Graduate University; M.S. in ecology, B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning, University of California, Davis

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Jeffrey A. Drezner is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has conducted policy analysis on a wide range of issues, including energy research and development planning and program management, best practices in environmental management, analyses of cost and schedule outcomes in complex system development programs, aerospace industrial policy, defense acquisition policy and reform, and local emergency response. His current research emphasizes issues associated with technology development, organizational behavior, and program management. Drezner formerly served as associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE's acquisition program and participated in a researcher exchange program in the Pentagon, sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology). Drezner received his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University.

Recent Projects

  • Measuring the performance of acquisition oversight processes
  • Weapon system acquisition strategies
  • Rapid acquisition approaches
  • Department of Homeland Security acquisition

Selected Publications

Arena, et. al., Management Perspectives Pertaining to Root Cause Analysis of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 4: Program Manager Tenure, Oversight of ACAT II Programs and Framing Assumptions, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/4), 2013

Jeffrey Drezner and Andrew Morral, Reducing the Cost and Risk of Major Acquisitions at the Department of Homeland Security, RAND Corporation (PE-105), 2013

Pernin, et. al., Lessons from the Army's Future Combat Systems Program, RAND Corporation (MG-1206), 2012

Blickstein, et. al., Methodologies in Analyzing the Root Causes of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, RAND Corporation (TR-1248), 2012

Samaras, et. al., Characterizing the U.S. Industrial Base for Coal-Powered Electricity, RAND Corporation (MG-1147), 2011


  • The first U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aerial vehicle in 2004.

    Improving DHS Accountability for Acquisitions

    While management at the Department of Homeland Security progressed in many areas during the past decade, there is still plenty of room for growth and improvement, especially in the area of acquisition management.

    Apr 22, 2014 The RAND Blog