Irv Blickstein

Irv Blickstein
Senior Engineer
Washington Office


M.S. in engineering management, The George Washington University; B.S. in industrial engineering, Ohio State University

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Irv Blickstein is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. He has 50 years of experience in the field of defense analysis and management with a specialty in planning, programming, and budgeting as well as acquisition. For the past 13 years, Blickstein has managed the research of activities of a series of projects in support of the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics. The projects have covered a wide variety of topics, including directed energy, unmanned vehicles, reviews of foreign acquisition programs, sea basing, naval shipyards, operating and support costs in the DoD, evaluation of Navy Enterprises and the cost analyses of both ships and aircraft. He has studied the cost of statutory and regulatory constraints in the DoD and currently comanages a large project with the Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analysis branch of USD AT&L. He has served on two studies that developed or improved the analytic functions for the leadership of the Navy and the Director of National Intelligence. Blickstein serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. He served 31 years in the Department of Defense before joining RAND, 18 as a senior executive, and was awarded four Presidential Rank awards. He received the Department of the Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award in 2011 for his service on the CNO's Executive Panel. He holds an M.S. in engineering management from The George Washington University.

Previous Positions

Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Resources, Requirements & Assessments; Director, Acquisition Program Integration, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Recent Projects

  • PPBE system for the Director, National Intelligence
  • Use of small ships in the littorals
  • Analysis of alternatives for the Joint High Speed Vessel
  • Evaluation of Naval shipyard costs
  • Goldwater Nichols and its Effect on Navy Acquisition

Selected Publications

Blickstein, Irv, Michael Boito, Jeffrey A. Drezner, James Dryden, Kenneth Horn, James G. Kallimani, Martin C. Libicki, Megan McKernan, Roger C. Molander, Charles Nemfakos, Chad J. R. Ohlandt, Caroline R. Milne, Rena Rudavsky, Jerry M. Sollinger, Katharine Watkins Webb, and Carolyn Wong, Root Cause Analyses of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 1: Zumwalt-Class Destroyer, Joint Strike Fighter, Longbow Apache, and Wideband Global Satellite, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/1-OSD), 2011

Arena, Mark V., Irv Blickstein, Obaid Younossi, and Clifford A. Grammich, 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), 2006

Button, Robert W., Irv Blickstein, John Gordon IV, Peter A. Wilson, and Jessie Riposo, A Preliminary Investigation of Ship Acquisition Options for Joint Forcible Entry Operations, RAND Corporation (MG-179-NAVY/USMC), 2005

Drezner, Jeffrey A., Raj Raman, Irv Blickstein, John Ablard, Melissa A. Bradley, Brent Eastwood, Maria Falvo, Dikla Gavrieli, Monica Hertzman, Darryl Lenhardt, and Megan McKernan, Measuring the Statutory and Regulatory Constraints on DoD Acquisition: Research Design for an Empirical Study, RAND Corporation (TR-347-OSD), 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential RANK Awards (4), Department of Defense
  • Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence, Department of Defense
  • Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award in 2011, Department of the Navy