Rick Eden

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Associate Director, RAND Office of Research Quality Assurance; Adjunct Member, Human Subjects Protection Committee; Senior International/Defense Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in English and linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

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Rick Eden is a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he has conducted and published research in a wide range of policy areas. He also serves as RAND's associate director of Research Quality Assurance and is a member of RAND's Institutional Review Board for human subjects research. Before joining RAND, Eden served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; he has also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; and California State University, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in English from UCLA. 

Recent Projects

  • Research to support improvement of U.S. military logistics processes

Selected Publications

Rick Eden, "Faster, Better, Cheaper: U.S. Army Manages a Logistics Revolution," RAND Review, 26(1), 2002

Tora K. Bikson et al., eds., Ethical Principles in Social-Behavioral Research on Terrorism: Probing the Parameters, RAND Corporation (WR-490-4-NSF/DOJ), 2007

Eric Peltz et al., Sustainment of Army Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom: Major Findings and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (MG-342-A), 2005

Rick Eden and Patricia Boren, Timely Assistance: Evaluating the Speed of Road Home Grantmaking, RAND Corporation (DB-557-LRA), 2002

John Dumond, Rick Eden, Improving Government Processes: From Velocity Management to Presidential Appointments, RAND Corporation (RP-1153), 2005


  • Lean Thinking Comes to the Battlefield

    The 1991 Gulf War represented the pinnacle of the U.S. industrial approach to warfare: overwhelming mass. Subsequently, the U.S. military began the shift to a new support paradigm, adapting the lean, best practices of contemporary business, write Eric Peltz and Rick Eden.

    Jun 5, 2008 Forbes