Lisa M. Harrington

Lisa M. Harrington
Senior Operations Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S. in national security strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; B.S. in mathematics, Michigan Technological Univ


Lisa Harrington is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. She has functional and analytical experience in military promotions, recruiting and retention, accessions, career field structures, compensation, education and training, and manpower requirements. While at RAND, her research for various offices in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Air Force, and the Space Force has included workforce modeling, total force integration, workforce sizing and the identification and management of competencies for military populations. Harrington’s association with RAND began in 2010 after retiring from active duty in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, she was the Director of Manpower and Personnel at U.S. Central Command, and then Dean of Students at the Air Force's graduate school, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). She commanded at the group and squadron level, was the Deputy Director for Air Force General Officer Management, and a member of the Chief of Staff's Action Group. Harrington received her Ph.D. in operations research from AFIT.

Recent Projects

  • Analysis of AC General/Flag Officer Requirements
  • Reserve Component Duty Status Reform
  • Optimizing Air Force Training Pipelines
  • Civilian Acquisition Workforce Development

Selected Publications

Harrington, L., Bigelow, J., Rothenberg, A., Pita J., Emslie, P., A Methodology for Modeling the Flow of Military Personnel across Air Force Active and Reserve Components, RAND Corporation (RR-825), 2016

Harrington, L., Terry, T., Air Force Officer Accession Planning: Addressing Key Gaps in Meeting Career Field Academic Degree Requirements for Non-rated Officers, RAND Corporation (RR-1099), 2016

Harrington, L., Mikolic-Torreira, I., McGovern, G., Mazarr, M., Schirmer, P., Gierlack, K., Hemler, J., Welch, J., Reserve Component General and Flag Officers: A Review of Requirements and Authorized Strength, RAND Corporation (RR-1156), 2016