Elvira N. Loredo

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Associate Director, Forces and Logistics Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in management science, University of Miami; B.S. in systems analysis, University of Miami

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Elvira N. Loredo is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and associate director of the RAND Arroyo Center's Forces and Logistics Program. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Loredo has worked on several RAND National Defense Research Institute projects in Afghanistan and Iraq in the areas of civil society engagement and corruption. She has conducted research in the Arroyo Military Logistics Program and RAND Project AIR FORCE's Resource Management Program analyzing policies and practices in the areas of logistics, global supply chain, and distribution infrastructure. Loredo is the author or contributing author of several RAND reports, including The Battle Behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq (Benard et al. 2011) and Programmed Depot Maintenance Capacity Assessment Tool: Workloads, Capacity, and Availability (Loredo et al., 2007). Prior to joining RAND, she was a quality manager with United Technologies Corporation. Loredo received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Recent Projects

  • Cost of poor quality parts to Army aviation
  • Assessing supply chain risk in Air Force fleet sustainment
  • Corporate responsibility for anticorruption efforts in developing markets
  • Use of the C-27J fixed-wing aircraft for conducting time-sensitive missions in counterinsurgency operations
  • Programmed depot maintenance capacity assessment tool: workloads, capacity, and availability


  • A Three-Pronged Approach to Confront Afghanistan's Corruption

    President Karzai's Washington visit last month was basically a "be-nice-to-Karzai summit." After a period of harsh and direct U.S. criticism this past fall, the air is cleared, but issues remain—corruption in particular, write Cheryl Benard and Elvira Loredo.

    Jun 4, 2010 Christian Science Monitor