Brien Alkire

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Senior Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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Brien Alkire is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He leads and conducts research in C4ISR and national security space policy. He serves as director, Staff Development and Education in Project AIR FORCE, and was previously an associate and acting program director. He has authored more than fifty peer reviewed RAND reports, twenty Department of Air Force 1-pagers, and served on seven dissertation committees. He teaches courses at Pardee RAND Graduate School in optimization and ISR. Prior to RAND, Alkire developed systems, software and circuits with defense and commercial applications. Trained as an algorithm designer, Alkire's academic concentrations were optimization, signal processing, and communications. He holds a PhD. in electrical engineering from UCLA where he has also served as a lecturer. 

Selected Publications

Brien Alkire, Yool Kim, Matthew Berry, David Blancett, James Dimarogonas, Niraj Inamdar, Sherrill Lingel, Nicholas Martin, George Nacouzi, Joel B. Predd, et al, Enhancing Assessments of Space Mission Assurance, RAND (RR-2948-AF), 2020

Danielle C. Tarraf, William Shelton, Edward Parker, Brien Alkire, Diana Gehlhaus, Justin Grana, Alexis Levedahl, Jasmin Leveille, Jared Mondschein, James Ryseff, et al., The Department of Defense Posture for Artificial Intelligence, RAND (RR-4229-OSD), 2019

Brien Alkire, Sherrill Lingel, Lawrence M. Hanser, A Wargame Methodology for Assessing Risk and Resilience of Military Command and Control Organizations, RAND Corporation (TL-291-AF), 2018

Alkire, Brien, Sherrill Lingel, Caroline Baxter, Christopher M. Carson, Christine Chen, David Gordon, Lawrence M. Hanser, Lance Menthe, Daniel M. Romano, Command and Control of Joint Air Operations in the Pacific: Methods for Comparing and Contrasting Alternative Concepts, RAND (RR-1865-AF), 2018

Alkire, Brien, Abbie Tingstad, Dale Benedetti, Amado Cordova, Irina Danescu, William Fry, D. Scott George, Lawrence M. Hanser, Lance Menthe, Erik Nemeth, David Ochmanek, Julia Pollak, Jessie Riposo, Timothy Smith and Alexander Stephenson, Leveraging the Past to Prepare for the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis, RAND (RR-1330-AF), 2016

Sherrill Lingel, Lance Menthe, Brien Alkire, et al, Methodologies for Analyzing Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Future Roles and Missions, RAND (DB-637-AF), 2012

Brien Alkire, James G. Kallimani, Peter A. Wilson, Louis R. Moore, Applications for Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems, RAND (MG-957-NAVY), 2010

Jessie Riposo, Brien Alkire, John F. Schank, Mark Arena, James G. Kallimani, U.S. Navy Shipyards: An Evaluation of Workload- and Workforce-Management Practices, RAND (MG-751-NAVY), 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012, 2016 and 2020, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Bronze Medal Award, 2016, RAND
  • Outstanding Performer, Unified Engagement Wargame 2014, United States Air Force