Elvira N. Loredo

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Associate Director, Forces and Logistics Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in management science, University of Miami; B.S. in systems analysis, University of Miami

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Elvira N. Loredo is an associate director of the RAND Arroyo Center's Forces and Logistics Program, and a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Loredo specializes in military logistics and has conducted research in the Arroyo Military Logistics Program, the National Security Research Division, and for RAND Project AIR FORCE's Resource Management Program. Her research entails analysis of policies and practices in the areas of logistics, global supply chain, and distribution infrastructure. She also works in the area of Defense Instutution Builing, leading logistics efforts in Kenya. Prior to joining RAND, she was a quality manager with United Technologies Corporation. Loredo received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.

Recent Projects

  • Cost of poor quality parts to Army aviation
  • Assessing supply chain risk in Air Force fleet sustainment
  • Programmed depot maintenance capacity assessment tool: workloads, capacity, and availability

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Gold Medal




  • A Three-Pronged Approach to Confront Afghanistan's Corruption

    President Karzai's Washington visit last month was basically a "be-nice-to-Karzai summit." After a period of harsh and direct U.S. criticism this past fall, the air is cleared, but issues remain—corruption in particular, write Cheryl Benard and Elvira Loredo.

    Jun 4, 2010 Christian Science Monitor