Bruce J. Held

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Director, Forces and Logistics Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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J.D., University of Maryland School of Law; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Stanford University; B.S. in general engineering and Russian, United States Military Academy, West Point

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Bruce J. Held is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, director of the RAND Arroyo Center's Forces and Logistics Program, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Since coming to RAND, he has focused his research efforts on defense acquisition, industrial base, and research and development (R&D) policy.

Prior to joining RAND, Held worked in private industry as a market planner and as a systems engineer. He is a former Army officer who, in addition to combat unit command and staff positions, spent seven years of his Army career conducting and managing R&D efforts—first as an armor technology manager at the Army Research Laboratory and then in a program management office developing tank guns and ammunition.

Held received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point; his M.S. in aerospace engineering from Stanford University; and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Previous Positions

Market Planning Manager, United Defense

Recent Projects

  • Maintaining Capabilities in the Army's Industrial Base
  • Identifying Lessons Learned in the Future Combat System Program
  • Staff Organization to Support Mission Command

Selected Publications

Bruce Held et al., Understanding Why a Ground Combat Vehicle That Carries Nine Dismounts Is Important to the Army, RAND Corporation (RR-184), 2013

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

Bruce Held et al., Evaluation and Recommendations for Improvement of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, RAND Corporation (DB-490-OSD), 2007

Bruce J. Held et al., Proposed Missions and Organization of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command, RAND Corporation (DB-465-A), 2005

John E. Peters et al., A Methodology for Developing Army Acquisition Strategies for an Uncertain Future, RAND Corporation (MG-532-A), 2004

W. Michael Hix et al., Rethinking Governance of the Army's Arsenals and Ammunition Plants, RAND Corporation (MR-1651-A), 2003

Bruce Held et al., Seeking Nontraditional Approaches to Collaborating and Partnering with Industry, RAND Corporation (MR-1401-A), 2003