Marygail K. Brauner

Marygail K. Brauner
Senior Operations Research Analyst


Ph.D. in engineering and operations research, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; A.B. in biological sciences, Stanford University


Marygail Brauner, Ph.D., is a senior operations research analyst at RAND. Her research focuses on resource allocation to include financial implication of resource decisions. Currently, Brauner supports a project that is helping FEMA with developing methods for assessing Public Assistance requests from healthcare organization for COVID-19 expenses. She also contributes to a project on logistics support for Army robotic combat vehicles. Other recent research studies include developing cost models for rebuilding the electrical power grid in Puerto Rico; optimizing Army equipment inventory with respect to the long-term cost of inventory; identifying potential savings in the Department of Defense supply chain; and costing alternative approaches to achieving military medical readiness. Prior to joining RAND, Brauner taught quantitative methods at California State University, Northridge. She holds a Ph.D. in operations research from UCLA's School of Engineering as well as a BA and MA in mathematics from UCLA and an AB in biology from Stanford. She was a member of the Army Science Board and led three studies.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Selected Publications

Keating, Edward G.; Brauner, Marygail K.; Galway, Lionel A., "Air Force Medical Corps' Status and How Its Physicians Respond to Multiyear Special Pay," Military Medicine, 174(11), 2009

Brauner, Marygail K., John F. Raffensperger, and Edward W. Chan, Inventory Reduction Without Regret: Balancing Storage and Rebuy Costs, RAND Corporation (PE-138-A), 2015

Edward G. Keating, Marygail K. Brauner, Lionel A. Galway, Judith D. Mele, James J. Burks, Brendan Saloner, Air Force Physician and Dentist Multiyear Special Pay : Current Status and Potential Reforms, RAND (MG-866), 2009

Marygail K. Brauner, Hugh G. Massey, S. Craig Moore, Darren D. Medlin, Improving Development and Utilization of Air Force Intelligence Officers, RAND (TR-628), 2009

Folkeson, John R., Marygail K. Brauner, Improving the Army’s Management of Reparable Spare Parts, RAND Corporation (MG-205-A), 2005

Dumond, John, Marygail K. Brauner, Rick Eden, John R. Folkeson, Kenneth J. Girardini, Donna J. Keyser, Eric Peltz, Ellen M. Pint, and Mark Y.D. Wang, Velocity Management: The Business Paradigm That Has Transformed U.S. Army Logistics, RAND Corporation (MR-1108-A), 2001

Peltz, Eric, Marygail K. Brauner, Edward G. Keating, Evan Saltzman, Daniel Tremblay, and Patricia Boren, DoD Depot-Level Reparable Supply Chain Management: Process Effectiveness and Opportunities for Improvement, RAND Corporation (RR-398-OSD), 2014