Matthew E. Boyer

Senior Analyst
Off Site Office


M.S. in urban planning, University of North Carolina; M.A. in public administration, University of North Carolina; B.S. in geography, US Mil Academy at West Point; Cert. in documentary photography, Duke University


Matthew E. Boyer specializes in development and improvement of technology for logistics, intelligence, and special operations. His current research focuses on autonomous vehicles, global logistics, and technology development. Boyer has recently led research projects focused on Army development of autonomous vehicles and advanced capability development Army Special Operations Forces. Previously, he has led research on ultralight ground mobility and nonstandard logistics capability for Special Forces. Boyer previously served as an Army officer in multiple reconnaissance positions, including two tours in Iraq. He has also deployed to Afghanistan as a RAND analyst to advise U.S. Special Operations commanders and currently works closely with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Guest Instructor (Special Operations Logistics), U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center & School

Recent Projects

  • Development of Army Autonomous Turck Program
  • Special Operations Capability Development 2022
  • Development of Ultralight Ground Mobility
  • Nonstandard Logistics Support for Special Forces
  • Impacts of Autonomous Robotics on Army Forces

Selected Publications

John Gordon, John Matsumura, Anthony Atler, Scott Boston, Matthew Boyer, Natasha Lander, Todd Nichols, Comparing U.S. Army Systems to Foreign Counterparts, RAND (RR-716-A), 2014 (forthcoming)

Matthew E. Boyer, Michael Shurkin, Jonathan Wong, Ryan Schwankhart, Adam Albrich, and Christopher G. Pernin, Conventional Army Demands and Requirements for Ultra-light Tactical Mobility, RAND (RR-178-A), 2014 (forthcoming)

Matthew E. Boyer and Chris Schnaubelt, Urban Complexity: Foundational Concepts for Military Consideration of Megacities and Other Dense Urban Terrain, RAND (RR-1821-A), 2017

Elvira N. Loredo, John E. Peters, Karlyn D. Stanley, Matthew E. Boyer, William Welser IV, Thomas S. Szayna, Authorities and Options for Funding USSOCOM Operations, RAND (RR-506-SOCOM), 2014

John E. Peters, Brian Shannon, Matthew E. Boyer, National Guard Special Forces: Enhancing the Contributions of Reserve Component Army Special Operations Forces, RAND (TR-1199-A), 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award for Project Leadership, RAND Military Logistics Program
  • Bronze Star Medal, for meritorious during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom