Peter Schirmer

Director, Emerging Policy Research & Methods; Senior Management System Analyst
Washington Office


M.B.A., Georgetown University; M.P.P., University of Michigan; B.A., University of Kentucky


Pete Schirmer is a senior management system analyst at the RAND Corporation and the director for Emerging Policy Research and Methods. His research focuses on military manpower, personnel, and force structure. His RAND publications include Leader Development in Army Units: Views From the Field; Developing U.S. Army Officers' Capabilities for Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Environments; Issues in Army Noncommissioned Officer Development in a Changing Strategic Environment; Fiscally Informed Total Manpower; Assessing the Army's Assignment Policy for Women; Challenging Time in DOPMA: Flexible and Contemporary Officer Management; New Paths to Success: Determining Career Alternatives for Field-Grade Officers; and Aligning the Stars: Improvements to General and Flag Officer Management.

Recent Projects

  • General and flag officer management
  • Roles, responsibilities, and duties of Army NCOs

Selected Publications

Peter Schirmer, et al., Leader Development in Army Units: Views from the Field, RAND (MG-648-A), 2008

Margaret C. Harrell, et al., Assessing the Assignment Policy for Army Women, RAND (MG-590-1-OSD), 2007

Beth E. Lachman, et al., Installation Mapping Enables Many Missions: The Benefits of and Barriers to Sharing Geospatial Data Assets, RAND (MG-552), 2007

Peter Schirmer, et al., Challenging Time in DOPMA: Flexible and Contemporary Military Officer Management, RAND (MG-451), 2006


  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets soldiers after delivering remarks on his Force of the Future initiative in Fort Drum, N.Y., March 30, 2015

    A 'Measured Approach' to Managing Military Officers

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's “Force of the Future” initiative may mean far-reaching changes in how military personnel are recruited, evaluated, assigned, promoted, retained, separated, and compensated. What is needed is a map that shows potential paths to reach the objectives.

    Jul 15, 2015 Breaking Defense