John B. Halstead

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Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in systems and information engineering, University of Virginia; M.S.S. in strategic studies, Army War College; M.S. in operations research, Kansas State University; B.S in mathematics of operations research, United States Military Academy


John Halstead is a senior operations researcher at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Halstead graduated from the United States Military Academy and earned his doctorate of philosophy in systems and information engineering from the University of Virginia. He holds a masters of science in operations research from Kansas State University and a masters of strategic studies from the Army War College. Halstead has leadership experiences in Army operational formations and analytical positions. He also has led armor formations in the 3rd and 1st Infantry Divisions. Halstead is a combat veteran who served with the 1st Infantry Division in Operation Desert Storm. In analytical positions, he served on numerous analytical teams, concentrating on military manpower and training. Halstead also led the largest core engineering sequence at the United States Military Academy while serving as the program director and a professor. He retired from the U.S. Army in June 2011 at the rank of Colonel. He maintains expertise in military manpower and training, along with predictive analytics.

Selected Publications

Halstead, John, "Recruiter Selection Model and Implementation Within the United States Army," IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part C: Applications and Reviews, 39(1):93-100, 2009

Brown, Donald and Halstead, John, "Improving upon Logistic Regression to Predict United States Army Delayed Entry Program Losses," IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium

Honors & Awards

  • Omega Rho, University of Virginia
  • Legion of Merit, United States Army
  • Bronze Star Medal, United States Army