Mark V. Arena

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Senior Physical Scientist
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Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Stanford University; B.S. in chemistry, Yale University


Mark V. Arena is a senior physical scientist at RAND who has worked on a variety of research projects for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Australian DoD; and the UK MoD. Arena's work has focused on technology evaluations, cost analysis, risk analysis, and industrial base simulations for acquisition programs. Some of his recent research includes an analysis of alternatives for the USCG and SOCOM, an assessment of the shipbuilding capbilities and costs for Australia, an examination of vendor qualification time and cost for DoD, a study of bid protests of DoD procurements. He has also developed an analytical model for U.S. Navy and UK MoD to understand the shipyard and budget impacts of various force structure choices and procurement plans. 

Arena graduated from Yale University with a B.S. degree in chemistry. Subsequently, he pursued graduate studies at Stanford University in the Department of Chemistry. His thesis work focused on the diffusion of molecular adsorbates on single-crystal metal surfaces. He was granted a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.

Selected Publications

Mark V. Arena, Brian Persons, Irv Blickstein, Mary E. Chenoweth, Gordon T. Lee, David Luckey, Abby Schendt, Assessing Bid Protests of U.S. Department of Defense Procurements: Identifying Issues, Trends, and Drivers, RAND Corporation (RR-2356), 2018

Mark V. Arena et al., Impossible Certainty: Cost Risk Analysis for Air Force Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-415-AF), 2006

Mark V. Arena et al., Monitoring the Progress of Shipbuilding Programmes: How Can the Defence Procurement Agency More Accurately Monitor Progress?RAND Corporation (MG-235-MOD), 2005

Mark V. Arena et al., The United Kingdom's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base: The Next Fifteen Years, RAND Corporation (MG-294-MOD), 2005

Mark V. Arena et al., Why Has the Cost of Navy Ships Risen? A Macroscopic Examination of the Trends in U.S. Naval Ship Costs over the Past Several Decades, RAND Corporation (MG-484-NAVY), 2005

Mark V. Arena et al., Historical Cost Growth of Completed Weapon System Programs, RAND Corporation (TR-343-AF), 2002