Obaid Younossi

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Director, Resource Management Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Management Scientist
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Education

Ph.D. and M.Phil. in public policy, The George Washington University; M.A. in international affairs, George Mason University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Media Resources

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Overview

Obaid Younossi is the director of Resource Management Program, part of RAND Project AIR FORCE, and a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation. Since joining RAND in 1998, Younossi has led and worked on a wide range of studies for the U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Navy, the UK Ministry of Defence, Government of Qatar, Government of Oman, and the Australian Ministry of Defence on subjects including defense acquisition, cost analysis, the defense industrial base, R&D policy and institutional and organizational reforms. From July 2011 to December 2013, he was the director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI). From 2009 until his appointment as director of RQPI, Younossi was the associate director of RQPI. Prior to joining RQPI in 2008, he was the associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE's Resource Management Program. Younossi holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in international affairs from George Mason University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in public policy and public administration from The George Washington University.

Recent Projects

  • Acquisition Performance Improvement and Affordability
  • Research Performance Management
  • Analytic Support to the Australian Department of Defence

Selected Publications

John Birkler et al., Australia's Shipbuilding Enterprise: Preparing for the 21st Century, RAND Corporation (RR-1093), 2015

Nidhi Kalra, Obaid Younossi et al., Recommended Research Priorities for the Qatar Foundation's Energy and Environment Research Institute, RAND (MG-1106-Qatar), 2011

Obaid Younossi et al., Ending F-22A Production: Costs and Industrial Base Implications of Alternative Options, RAND (MG-797-AF), 2010

Matt Bassford et al., Sustaining Key Skills in the UK Military Aircraft Industry, RAND Europe (MG-1023-MOD), 2010

Obaid Younossi, Peter Dahl Thruelsen, et al., The Long March: Building an Afghan National Army, RAND Corporation (MG-845), 2009

Somi Seong, Obaid Younossi et al., Titanium: Industrial Base, Price Trends, and Technology Initiatives., RAND Corporation (MG-789), 2009

Obaid Younossi and Khalid Nadiri "Afghanistan at the Crossroads," in Cheryl Benard et al., Afghanistan: State and Society, Great Power Politics, and the Way Ahead, RAND Corporation (CP-238), 2008

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC, NPR

Commentary: International Herald Tribune; Providence Journal; United Press International

Commentary

  • Afghan Progress Spotty but Hopeful

    As NATO's role in Afghanistan was debated in Bucharest recently, the bad headlines continued rolling in. And yet, on the ground, there is equally compelling evidence that the efforts of the international community are making a difference and conditions are improving, write Obaid Younossi and Peter Dahl Thruelsen.

    Apr 29, 2008 Providence Journal

  • Afghanistan Needs Help

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Afghanistan Needs Help, in United Press International.

    Dec 19, 2006 United Press International

  • A Brain Drain Threatens Afghanistan's Future

    Published commentary by RAND staff: A Brain Drain Threatens Afghanistan's Future, in the International Herald Tribune.

    Feb 9, 2006 International Herald Tribune

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