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 currently leads and conducts research in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); command and control; space, cyber and electronic warfare. He currently serves as director, Staff Development and Education in Project AIR FORCE, and was previously an associate and acting program director. Alkire supervises doctoral dissertations and teaches courses in optimization and ISR. He has developed a wide range of mathematical and computer models, including models of sensor and communication system performance, space and cyber warfare models for wargaming, and optimization models with applications in acquisition and military logistics. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as an engineer on the design and development of software, systems, and circuits with defense and commercial applications. His academic concentrations were operations research, signal processing, and communications. Alkire received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA.

Selected Publications

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

Bernard Fox, Kevin Brancato, Brien Alkire, Guidelines and Metrics for Assessing Space System Cost Estimates, RAND (TR-418-AF), 2008

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

Brien Alkire, John Birkler, Lisa Dolan, James Dryden, Bryce Mason, Littoral Combat Ships: Relating Performance to Mission Package Inventories, Homeports and Installation Sites, RAND (MG-528-NAVY), 2007

Honors & Awards

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