Mel Eisman

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Senior Operations Research/Cost Analyst
Santa Monica 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 researcher/cost 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) unmanned airborne systems platform/sensor force mix options for performing future Air Force missions; (2) space-based and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance defense systems force mix options; (3) Air Force–distributed small satellites over larger monolithic satellites; (4) terrorism countermeasures and other security initiatives for improving passenger security at rail stations and airports; and (5) reusable vs, expendable launch vehicle options for supporting future Air Force DoD military and intelligence space missions. In addition, Eisman has 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 also part of a research team assessing the causal factors for improving military space acquisitions in delivering capabilities within program cost and schedule. He led a team that performed an independent program cost risk assessment on one of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's earth orbiting satellite missions. 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 process improvements
  • U.S. Army improvements in determining weapon systems’ “best value” and lowest life-cycle cost (LCC) mix of contractor vs. organic logistics support
  • DoD investment options in acquiring and sustaining a mix of missiles and early-warning sensor systems to defend against ballistic missile threats
  • USAF next-generation unmanned airborne systems
  • Cost-effectiveness framework to assess rail passenger security protection from terrorist threats

Selected Publications

Jeremy M. Wilson et al., Securing America’s Passenger-Rail System, RAND Corporation (MG-705-NIJ), 2007

James Chow et al., Protecting Commercial Aviation Against the Shoulder-Fired Missile Threat, RAND Corporation (OP-106), 2006

Donald Stevens et al., Near-Term Options for Improving Security at Los Angeles International Airport, RAND Corporation (DB-468-1), 2005

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

Michael Kennedy et al., Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) for Recapitalizing the Air Force's KC-135 Aerial Refueling Tanker: Executive Summary, RAND Corporation (MG-495-AF), 1999

Yool Kim et al., Acquisition of Space Systems - Past Problems and Future Challenges Volume 7, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/7-OSD), 2015