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 research analyst, 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 military basing postures in the Pacific and Europe. 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

  • Sizing and Posturing ACS for Future Strategic Requirements
  • Cost-Based Analysis of the BP Mission Performed by Forward-Based Forces in Europe
  • Linking Logistics Resources to Readiness
  • Linking Infrastructure Resources to Readiness
  • Cost Analysis of Overseas Basing

Selected Publications

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

Patrick H. Mills, Adam Grissom, Jennifer Kavanagh, Leila Mahnad, Stephen M. Worman, A Cost Analysis of the U.S. Air Force Overseas Posture: Informing Strategic Choices, RAND (RR-150-AF), 2013

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

Don Snyder, Patrick H. Mills, A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements, RAND (MG-176-AF)

Patrick H. Mills, Ken Evers, Donna Kinlin, Robert S. Tripp, Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Expanded Operational Architecture for Combat Support Planning Execution Control, RAND (MG-316-AF)

Don Snyder, Patrick H. Mills, Katherine Comanor, Charles Robert Roll, Sustaining Air Force Space Systems: A Model for the Global Positioning System, RAND (MG-525-AF)

Honors & Awards

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