Bruce Held

Bruce Held
Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


J.D., University of Maryland School of Law; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Stanford University; B.S. in general engineering and Russian, United States Military Academy, West Point

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Bruce J. Held is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Since coming to RAND, he has focused his research efforts on defense acquisition, industrial base, and research and development (R&D) policy.

Prior to joining RAND, Held worked in private industry as a market planner and as a systems engineer. He is a former Army officer, who, in addition to combat unit command and staff positions, spent seven years of his Army career conducting and managing R&D efforts.

Held received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, his M.S. in aerospace engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in general engineering and Russian from the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Recent Projects

  • Maintaining Capabilities in the Army's Industrial Base
  • TSA Technology Roadmapping
  • Organizing the DoD's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Community
  • Aligning Army Force Posture to Evolving Requirements

Selected Publications

McKay, Shawn, Gavin S. Hartnett, and Bruce Held, Airline Security Through Artificial Intelligence: How the Transportation Security Administration Can Use Machine Learning to Improve the Electronic Baggage Screening Program, RAND Corporation (PE-A731-1), 2022

Held, Bruce, Mark A. Lorell, James T. Quinlivan, and Chad C. Serena, Understanding Why a Ground Combat Vehicle That Carries Nine Dismounts Is Important to the Army, RAND Corporation (RR-184), 2013

Held, Bruce, Thomas R. Edison, Jr., Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Philip S. Anton, and John Clancy, Evaluation and Recommendations for Improvement of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, RAND Corporation (DB-490-OSD), 2006

Peters, John E., Bruce Held, Michael V. Hynes, Brian Nichiporuk, Christopher Hanks, and Jordan R. Fischbach, A Methodology for Developing Army Acquisition Strategies for an Uncertain Future, RAND Corporation (MG-532-A), 2007

Hix, William M., Ellen M. Pint, John R. Bondanella, Bruce Held, Michael V. Hynes, David E. Johnson, Art Pregler, Mike Stollenwerk, and Jerry M. Sollinger, Rethinking Governance of the Army's Arsenals and Ammunition Plants, RAND Corporation (MR-1651-A), 2003

Pernin, Christopher G., Elliot Axelband, Jeffrey A. Drezner, Brian Barber Dille, John Gordon IV, Bruce Held, K. Scott McMahon, Walter L. Perry, Christopher Rizzi, Akhil R. Shah, Peter A. Wilson, and Jerry M. Sollinger, Lessons from the Army's Future Combat Systems Program, RAND Corporation (MG-1206), 2012