Researchers assessed what airpower fleet mixes could best posture the U.S. Coast Guard to execute its various missions globally to meet future operational requirements. This report provides their findings and recommendations.
Apr 21, 2020
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 co-led 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.
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
Eisman, Mel, Daniel Gonzales, Life Cycle Cost Assessments for Military Transatmospheric Vehicles, RAND Corporation (MR-893), 1997