Jeffrey A. Drezner

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Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in political science, Claremont Graduate University; M.S. in ecology, University of California, Davis; B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning,, University of California, Davis

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Jeffrey A. Drezner is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. He has conducted policy analysis on a wide range of issues, including energy research and development planning and program management, best practices in environmental management, analyses of cost and schedule outcomes in complex system development programs, aerospace industrial policy, defense acquisition policy and reform, local emergency response, and data governance, management, and analytics. His research continues to emphasize issues associated with technology development, organizational dynamics, and program management.

Drezner formerly served as associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE's acquisition program and participated in a researcher exchange program in the Pentagon, sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University.

Recent Projects

  • Weapon system acquisition strategies
  • Measuring the performance of acquisition oversight processes
  • Rapid acquisition approaches
  • Department of Homeland Security acquisition
  • Cost assurance of Australian defense programs

Selected Publications

Riposo, et al, Issues with Access to Acquisition Data and Information in the Department of Defense: Policy and Practice, RAND Corporation (RR-880), 2015

Arena, et. al., Management Perspectives Pertaining to Root Cause Analysis of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 4: Program Manager Tenure, Oversight of ACAT II Programs and Framing Assumptions, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/4), 2013

Jeffrey Drezner and Andrew Morral, Reducing the Cost and Risk of Major Acquisitions at the Department of Homeland Security, RAND Corporation (PE-105), 2013

Pernin, et. al., Lessons from the Army's Future Combat Systems Program, RAND Corporation (MG-1206), 2012

Blickstein, et. al., Methodologies in Analyzing the Root Causes of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, RAND Corporation (TR-1248), 2012

Samaras, et. al., Characterizing the U.S. Industrial Base for Coal-Powered Electricity, RAND Corporation (MG-1147), 2011

Megan P. McKernan, Jeffrey A. Drezner, Jerry M. Sollinger, Tailoring the Acquisition Process in the U.S. Department of Defense, RAND (RR-966), 2015


  • The first U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aerial vehicle in 2004.

    Improving DHS Accountability for Acquisitions

    While management at the Department of Homeland Security progressed in many areas during the past decade, there is still plenty of room for growth and improvement, especially in the area of acquisition management.

    Apr 22, 2014 The RAND Blog