Brian G. Chow

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Adjunct Physical Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in finance, M.B.A (with distinction), University of Michigan; Ph.D. in physics, Case Western Reserve University


Brian G. Chow is an adjunct physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. He was a senior physical scientist at RAND during 1989-2015. His research focuses on project priortization, portfolio optimization and program management of R&D and/or acquisition programs in diverse areas including defense, homeland security, health, justice and transportation. He has also conductded many studies about the defense and control of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles. He has authored more than 150 publications and testified before congressional committees. Before joining RAND in 1989, Chow was appointed by the President's Science Advisor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as a consultant to advise them on policy matters. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University, and a M.B.A. with distinction and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan.

Previous Positions

senior physical scientist, the RAND Corporation, 1989-2015; Consultant to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1989–1990; to the President's Science Advisor, 1988–1989; and to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 1987–1988; senior research specialist, Pan Heuristics, 1978–1989

Recent Projects

  • New model and simulation for portfolio management of projects of Army and other agencies
  • Space treaties
  • Proliferation security initiative
  • Chinese foreign investments
  • Technology insertion and refresh

Selected Publications

Richard Silberglitt et al., Visions of law enforcement technology in the period 2024-2034: report of the law enforcement futuring workshop, RAND Corporation (RR-908-NIJ), 2015

Brian G Chow, Portfolio Optimization by Means of Multiple Tandem Certainty-Uncertainty Searches: A Technical Description, RAND Corporation (RR-270), 2013

Brian G Chow et al., Toward Affordable Systems III: Portfolio Management for Army Engineering and Manufacturing Development Programs, RAND Corporation (MG-1187-A), 2012

Brian G Chow et al., Toward Affordable Systems II: Portfolio Management for Army Science and Technology Programs Under Uncertainties, RAND Corporation (MG-979-A), 2011

Brian G Chow et al.,, Toward Affordable Systems: Portfoilo Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs, RAND Corporation (MG-761-A), 2009

Brian G. Chow and Kenneth A. Solomon, Limiting the Spread of Weapon-Usable Fissile Materials, RAND Corporation (MR-346), 2001

Richard H. Speier et al., Nonproliferation Sanctions, RAND Corporation (MR-1285), 2001

Jeanne Ringel et al., Motor Vehicle Prioritizating Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS), RAND Corporation (TL-144-CDC), 2015