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.