Bruce Held

Bruce Held

Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School

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Bruce J. Held is a senior policy researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 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.


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

Selected Work

  • 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
  • Bruce Held et al., 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
  • Christopher Pernin, et al., Lessons from the Army's Future Combat Systems Program, RAND Corporation (MG-1206), 2012

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