Rachel Costello

Rachel Costello
Senior Analyst


M.S. in physics, University of Utah; B.A. in physics, College of Wooster


Rachel Costello is a senior analyst with the RAND Corporation specializing in a mix of quantiative and qualitative methods to inform decision making under uncertainty. She is a lead researcher on a series of projects to identify cost-effective ways to maintain air operations during a high-intensity conflict. Her work balances operational effectiveness and logistic feasibility and explores tradeoffs between air base posture, airfield infrastructure, passive defense, active defense, and novel operating concepts. Costello served as an operations researcher in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD-CAPE) office, where she supported the Deputy Secretary of Defense's Analysis Working Group. She received her B.A. in physics from the College of Wooster and her master's in physics from the University of Utah.