Dwayne M. Butler

Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ed.D. in adult & continuing education, Rutgers University; Ph.D. in organization and management, Capella University; M.S. in administration, Central Michigan University; B.A. in economics, Rutgers University; B.A. in Spanish, Rutgers University


Dwayne Butler is a management scientist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His areas of substantive knowledge or experience include: leadership; human capital management; organizational theory; educational theory, with particular focus on adult and continuing education; strategic planning; strategic communications; vocational psychology; and financial literacy education of military and minority communities. He is also experienced in military strategy and policy, military operations, military sustainment and logistics, defense industry, veterans research, and diversity issues.

His current research focuses on Army sustainment and logistics for both special operations and conventional forces, human terrain, and the civil-military industrial base. He has published on leadership, adult education, and military logistics operations. As an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, prior to joining RAND, he was a career military officer with wide-ranging key leadership and staff tours that included platoon through battalion level command assignments, an assistant professor of military science at his alma mater of Rutgers University, and a speechwriter for the 35th Chief of Staff of the Army.

Butler received an Ed.D. and a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. He also has a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Capella University and an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University.

Recent Projects

  • Increasing the Army's Capability to Conduct Business Process Reengineering
  • Improving Life Cycle Cost Estimation Though the Usage of Standardized Tools
  • Best Practices in Lessons Learned
  • Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Diversity
  • Supporting the Implementation and Execution of the Department of the Army's Emerging Concepts for "Seeing Equipment Readiness"

Selected Publications

Matthew E. Boyer, Dwayne M. Butler, John Halliday, Kristan Klinghoffer, Roy Speaks, (U) Nonstandard Logistics Support for Unconventional Warfare: (U) Sourcebook for Planning and Capability Development, RAND Corporation (RR-143-A), 2013

Nelson Lim, Abigail Haddad, Dwayne M. Butler, Kate Giglio, First Steps Toward Improving DoD STEM Workforce Diversity, Response to the 2012 Department of Defense STEM Diversity Summit, RAND Corporation (RR-329), 2013

Christopher G. Pernin, Dwayne M. Butler, Louay Constant, Lily Geyer, Duncan Long, Dan Madden, John E. Peters, James D. Powers, Michael Shurkin, Readiness Reporting for an Adaptive Army, RAND Corporation (RR-230-A), 2013

Review Group of the Defense Health Board, Rebuilding the Trust: Report on Rehabilitative care and Administrative Processes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center; Independent Review Group of the Defense Health Board, Defense Health Board, Defense Health Board, 2007

Dwayne M. Butler, Use of Positive and Negative Sanctioning in the Adult Basic Education Setting (Dissertation), Rutgers University, 2001

Dwayne M. Butler, An Analysis of the Relationship of Leader Locus of Control and Selected Variables Within the Path-Goal Theory in a Military Setting (Dissertation), Capella University, 1998

Dwayne M. Butler, STRYKER LOGISTICS IN COMBAT: The 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Logistics Support Teams (LST) in OIF II-III, U.S. Army Center for Army Lessons Learned, Army Logistician

Dwayne M. Butler, Successful Implementation of Logistics Support Teams in an SBCT, Army Logistician