Mark A. Lorell is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in weapon system acquisition policies, defense industrial base issues, international weapon system collaboration, defense trade, and weapons procurement and industrial base policies of allies. He is the lead author or coauthor of more than 40 RAND reports and books. He is also the author of a variety of published articles, book chapters, and a widely reviewed commercial book on the collaborative development of the FS-X fighter with Japan (Troubled Partnership: A History of U.S.–Japan Collaboration on the FS-X Fighter, Transaction Publishers Rutgers University, New Brunswick and London, 1996).
Lorell's current work focuses on optimal weapon system acquisition and cost analysis policies, with an emphasis on unmanned aerial systems, tactical fighter aircraft, and space systems. In February 2008, Lorell received the RAND President's Award in recognition of "his significant collection of research on strategies and processes for acquiring complex defense systems, both in the United States and other countries, and his production of numerous reports that are now standard military-history reference sources." Lorell received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Obaid Younossi et al., Improving the Cost Estimation of Space Systems: Past Lessons and Future Recommendations, RAND Corporation (MG-690-AF), 2008
Obaid Younossi et al., F-22A Multiyear Procurement Program: An Assessment of Cost Savings, RAND Corportation (MG-664-OSD), 2007
Mark A. Lorell et al., Price-Based Acquisition: Issues and Challenges for Defense Department Procurement of Weapon Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-337-AF), 2005
Mark Lorell et al., "Headlines over the Horizon: Defense Industry Goliaths," The Atlantic Monthly, 2003
Mark A. Lorell et al., The U.S. Combat Aircraft Industry 1909-2000: Structure, Competition, Innovation, RAND Corporation (MR-1696-OSD), 2003
Mark A. Lorell et al., Going Global? U.S. Government Policy and the Defense Aerospace Industry, RAND Corporation (MR-1537-AF), 2002
Mark A. Lorell et al., Cheaper, Faster, Better? Commercial Approaches to Weapons Acquisition, RAND (MR-1147-AF), 2000
Mark A. Lorell, Troubled Partnership: A History of U.S.-Japan Collaboration on the FS-X Fighter, Transaction Publishers, 1996