Bernard D. Rostker

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Senior Fellow
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Syracuse University

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Overview

Bernard Rostker is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, where he has served as associate director of the RAND Arroyo Center and director of the Defense Manpower Research Center in the RAND National Defense Research Institute. His recent RAND research has focused on managing the recruitment, retention, and performance of police officers in large city departments; managing the all-volunteer force; and reforming the military by lengthening military careers. He was formerly Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Secretary of Defense's senior policy advisor on recruitment, career development, pay, and benefits for 1.4 million active-duty military personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel, and 725,000 DoD civilians. He also had oversight responsibilities for the DoD health delivery system. Prior to that, he served as Under Secretary of the Army, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and Director of Selective Service, where he formulated the Selective Service Revitalization Plan. Under his leadership, the first mass selective service registration since World War II was executed, and almost four million young men registered. Over his career, Rostker has been nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate four times and received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal from the Selective Service, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Defense. Rostker is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration

Previous Positions

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Under Secretary of the Army; Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses; Director of Select Distinctive Service

Recent Projects

  • Managing the recruitment, retention, and performance of police officers in large city departments
  • Managing the all-volunteer force
  • Reforming the military by lengthening military careers

Selected Publications

Bernard D. Rostker et al., Recruitment and Retention: Lessons for the New Orleans Police Department, RAND Corporation (MG-585), 2007

Bernard D. Rostker, I Want You! The Evolution of the All-Volunteer Force, RAND Corporation (MG-265), 2006

Cindy William, ed., "Changing the Officer Personnel System,"

Curtis L. Gilroy, ed., "The Gates Commission: Right for the Wrong Reasons," The All-Volunteer Force: Thirty Years of Service

Lynn E. Davis, ed., "Transformation and the Unfinished Business of Jointness: Lessons for the Army from the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, and Afghanistan,"

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: American Medical News; San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: United Press International

Commentary

  • President Barack Obama signs the certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" have been met

    A Year After Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Despite the fears of some, but in line with the experience of every other institution, both in the US and abroad, that has experienced such a transition, there have been no significant problems, writes Bernard Rostker.

    Sep 20, 2012 | RAND.org

  • U.S. Doesn't Need the Draft

    Published commentary by RAND staff: U.S. Doesn't Need the Draft, in United Press International.

    Dec 11, 2006 | United Press International

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