Marygail K. Brauner

Marygail K. Brauner
Senior Operations Research Analyst
Off Site Office


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 is a senior operations research analyst. She analyzes complex real-world problems, models them, and develops solutions. Recently, she helped designed a model to allocate ventilators and respiratory therapists so as to minimize patient wait time; identified how to manage the supply chain–related risks to election cybersecurity and integrity; and used evidence-based analysis to inform the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Her past research focused on military force planning and logistics, to include the financial implications of resource allocation decisions. She has also led studies on matching competencies to job requirements and on cost effective solutions for military medical readiness. As a member of the Army Science Board, Brauner led three studies and received the Commander's Award for Public Service.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Recent Projects

  • Managing Distribution of New Army Dress Uniforms: Options to Achieve Cost Neutrality
  • FEMA Cost Validation for Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery
  • Improving spare parts support in dynamic environments
  • Inventory reduction without regret
  • Future of Aeromedical evacuation and en route casualty care

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

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

Brauner, Marygail K., H. G. Massey, Craig Moore, and Darren D. Medlin, Improving Development and Utilization of U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officers, RAND Corporation (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

Honors & Awards

  • Commander's Award, Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • Golden Hammer Award, Under Secretary of the Army
  • Bronze Medal, RAND