Eric Peltz

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Associate Director, RAND National Security Research Division
Santa Monica Office

Education

M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in systems engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point

Media Resources

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Overview

Eric Peltz has been the associate director of RAND's National Security Research Division (NSRD) since 2010. NSRD includes the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a U.S. federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), which conducts research and analysis for all DoD organizations except the Army and Air Force, which are served by other RAND FFRDCs. In addition, NSRD conducts research for the intelligence community, other government departments, U.S. allies, and foundations. During this time he also spent a year as acting director of the International Security and Defense Policy (ISDP) Center, which analyzes the trajectory of the international security environment, helps shape strategies and policies to respond to security shifts and to shape the environment, and assesses the capabilities needed to implement defense strategies. Previously, he directed the Logistics program in the RAND Army Research Division, NDRI's logistics research, and the RAND Supply Chain Policy Center. He has led a broad range of projects on military global responsiveness, supply chain and logistics management, fleet management and other topics such as Congressionally requested studies of drawdown options for U.S. forces in Iraq and the advisability of changes in U.S. overseas basing. Peltz also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and chairs the CSCMP Research Strategies Committee. Prior to joining RAND, he held management positions at Chrysler and served in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and earned M.B.A. and M.S.E. degrees at the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Michael Lostumbo et al., Overseas Basing of U.S. Military Forces: an Assessment of Relative Costs and Strategic Benefits, RAND Corporation (RR-201), 2013

Eric Peltz and Marc Robbins with Geoffrey McGovern, Integrating the Department of Defense Supply Chain, RAND Corporation (TR-1274), 2012

"Logistics Factors and Constraints Affecting the Drawdown," in Walt Perry et al., Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated Risks, and Mitigating Strategies, RAND Corporation (MG-882), 2009

Eric Peltz et al., Effectively Sustaining Forces Overseas While Minimizing Supply Chain Costs: Targeted Theater Inventory, RAND Corporation (DB-524), 2008

Eric Peltz and Marc Robbins, Leveraging Complementary Distribution Channels for an Effective, Efficient Global Supply Chain, RAND Corporation (DB-515), 2007

Eric Peltz et al., Sustainment of Army Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom: Battlefield Logistics and Effects on Operations, RAND Corporation (MG-344-A), 2005

Eric Peltz et al., Sustainment of Army Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom: Major Findings and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (MG-342-A), 2005

Eric Peltz et al., Speed and Power: Toward an Expeditionary Army, RAND Corporation (MR-1755-A), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Inside the Army; Inside Defense

Commentary

  • Lean Thinking Comes to the Battlefield

    The 1991 Gulf War represented the pinnacle of the U.S. industrial approach to warfare: overwhelming mass. Subsequently, the U.S. military began the shift to a new support paradigm, adapting the lean, best practices of contemporary business, write Eric Peltz and Rick Eden.

    Jun 5, 2008 | Forbes

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