Patrick Mills

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Senior Operations Researcher
Santa Monica Office


B.A. and M.S. in industrial engineering, Texas Tech


Patrick Mills, a senior operations researcher, joined RAND in 1999.  Most recently, he has led work to conduct a comprehensive strategic reassessment and rebalancing of Air Force combat support capabilities to meet the demands of the emerging security environment.  His recent work has also included cost analysis of overseas military basing postures.  His work in the area of combat support command and control led to shifts in Air Force policy, doctrine, and organizations to better meet AEF goals.  He has also extensively studied how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programming for agile combat support resources.

Recent Projects

  • Linking Infrastructure Resources to Readiness
  • Cost Analysis of Overseas Basing
  • Agile Combat Support for Adaptive Basing
  • Cost-Effective Readiness: Air Force Sustainment Surge
  • USAFE Operations in Contested, Degraded, or Limited Environments

Selected Publications

Michael Lostumbo, Michael J. McNerney, Eric Peltz, Derek Eaton, Dave Frelinger, Victoria A. Greenfield, John M. Halliday, Patrick H. Mills, Bruce R. Nardulli, Stacie Pettyjohn, Jerry M. Sollinger, Stephen M. Worman, Overseas Basing of U.S. Military Forces: An Assessment of Relative Costs and Strategic Benefits, RAND (RR-201-OSD), 2013

Patrick Mills, James A. Leftwich, Kristin Van Abel, Jason Mastbaum, Estimating Air Force Deployment Requirements for Lean Force Packages: A Methodology and Decision Support Tool Prototype, RAND (RR-1855-AF)

Patrick Mills, Muharrem Mane, Kenneth Kuhn, Anu Narayanan, James D. Powers, Peter Buryk, Jeremy M. Eckhause, John G. Drew, Kristin F. Lynch, Articulating the Effects of Infrastructure Resourcing on Air Force Missions: Competing Approaches to Inform the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System, RAND (RR-1578-AF)

Patrick H. Mills, John G. Drew, John A Ausink, Daniel M. Romano, Rachel Costello, Balancing Agile Combat Support Manpower to Better Meet the Future Security Environment, RAND (RR-337-AF), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 PAF Research Excellence Award, Project AIR FORCE
  • 2012 RAND Bronze Medal Award, RAND