Mel Eisman

Mel Eisman
Senior Operations Research Analyst
Off Site Office


M.S.I.E. in operations research, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in industrial engineering, State University of New York

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Mel Eisman is a senior operations research analyst at the RAND Corporation. He has generated system life-cycle cost estimates for analysis of alternative studies on future Air Force airborne tanker and airborne electronic attack options, and participated in cost-effectiveness studies of (1) manned vs. unmanned airborne systems platform/sensor force mix options for performing future Air Force missions; (2) space-based and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems portfolio force mix options; (3) U.S. Space Force–proliferated small satellites over larger monolithic satellites; (4) U.S. Space Force use of commercial space providers for augmenting and improving the resilience of fuiture space missions; and (5) terrorism countermeasures and other security initiatives for improving passenger security at rail stations and airports. In addition, Eisman has coled two Air Force studies in (1) improving estimates of future airborne electronic warfare systems by assessing technical and acquisition cost benchmarks and trends of existing systems; and (2) developing the cost framework for estimating future airborne directed high energy laser weapon systems. He also led two Army studies on assessing the cost benefits of product support contractor vs. organic logistics support courses of action on ground combat vehicles and fixed wing aircraft.

He was a committee member on a congressionally-mandated National Academies study involving "An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost-Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives", and a Naval Studies Board study on improving “Defenses of Forward-Deployed U.S. Navy Platforms from Potential Enemy Missiles.” Eisman received his M.S.I.E. from Pennsylvania State University.  

Recent Projects

  • USAF space systems acquisition cost estimating improvements focused on transitioning to increased design of smaller commercial-based satellites' technologies
  • U.S. Army improvements in determining weapon systems’ “best value” and lowest life-cycle cost (LCC) mix of contractor vs. organic logistics support
  • DoD & USAF cost-effectiveness investment assessment options in acquiring and sustaining a future force mix of current & future airborne missiles and early-warning sensor systems to defend against adversary surface-to-air & air-to-air missile threats
  • USAF Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Cost Methodology for estimating the acquisition costs of future airborne high-energy laser weapons systems budgets
  • USAF Airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems Cost Benchmark Assessment for improving the fidelity of estimating the development & procurement costs of acquiring future next-generation on-board EW integrated airborne systems, pod-based EW systems, and sta

Selected Publications

Eckhause, Jeremy M., David T. Orletsky, Aaron C. Davenport, Mel Eisman, Raza Khan, Jonathan Theel, Marc Thibault, Dulani Woods, and Michelle D. Ziegler, Meeting U.S. Coast Guard Airpower Needs: Assessing the Options, RAND Corporation (RR-3179-DHS), 2020

Wilson, Bradley, Jessie Riposo, Thomas Goughnour, Rachel M. Burns, Michael J. D. Vermeer, Ajay K. Kochhar, Angelena Bohman, and Mel Eisman, Naval Aviation Maintenance System: Analysis of Alternatives, RAND Corporation (RR-2974/1-NAVY), 2020

Wilson, Bradley, Jessie Riposo, Thomas Goughnour, Mel Eisman, Angelena Bohman, Shane Tierney, and Rachel M. Burns, Naval Operational Supply System: Analysis of Alternatives, RAND Corporation (RR-2403-NAVY), 2018

Wilson, Bradley, Isaac R. Porche III, Mel Eisman, Michael Nixon, Shane Tierney, John Yurchak, Kim Kendall, James Dryden, and Sean Critelli, Maritime Tactical Command and Control Analysis of Alternatives, RAND Corporation (RR-1383-NAVY), 2016

McLeod, Gary, George Nacouzi, Paul Dreyer, Mel Eisman, Myron Hura, Krista Langeland, David Manheim, and Geoffrey Torrington, Enhancing Space Resilience Through Non-Materiel Means, RAND Corporation (RR-1067-AF), 2016

Kim, Yool, Elliot Axelband, Abby Doll, Mel Eisman, Myron Hura, Edward G. Keating, Martin C. Libicki, Bradley Martin, Michael McMahon, Jerry M. Sollinger, Erin York, Mark V. Arena, Irv Blickstein, and William Shelton, Acquisition of Space Systems, Volume 7: Past Problems and Future Challenges, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/7-OSD), 2015

Younossi, Obaid, Mark A. Lorell, Kevin Brancato, Cynthia R. Cook, Mel Eisman, Bernard Fox, John C. Graser, Yool Kim, Robert S. Leonard, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, and Jerry M. Sollinger, Improving the Cost Estimation of Space Systems: Past Lessons and Future Recommendations, RAND Corporation (MG-690-AF), 2008

Mel Eisman and Dan Gonzales, Life Cycle Cost Assessments for Military Transatmospheric Vehicles, RAND Corporation (MR-893), 2004