Patrick Mills

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Senior Operations Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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B.A. and M.S. in industrial engineering, Texas Tech


Patrick Mills is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. At RAND, Mills has led a range of projects focused on Air Force logistics, basing, posture, Agile Combat Support, and the costs of these. He has developed methodologies and tools focused on Air Force deployment, airfield characteristics, and force sizing and shaping. Some of his recent and current work focuses on operational and support concepts to help the Air Force deploy and employ in more adaptive and agile ways. His work has included projects aimed at the resilience of installations, costs of overseas posture, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. military distribution system, sustaining the AEF structure, sustaining the Global Positioning System, and estimating manpower requirements for stability operations. He recently led projects to enhance the operational resilience of the theater-wide posture of U.S. Air Forces, Europe (USAFE), and also of USAFE's equipment prepositioning posture.

Recent Projects

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

Selected Publications

Mills, Patrick, James A. Leftwich, John G. Drew, Daniel P. Felten, Josh Girardini, John P. Godges, Michael J. Lostumbo, Anu Narayanan, Kristin Van Abel, Jonathan W. Welburn, and Anna Jean Wirth, Building Agile Combat Support Competencies to Enable Evolving Adaptive Basing Concepts, (RR-4200), 2020

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

Mills, Patrick, James A. Leftwich, Kristin Van Abel, and Jason Mastbaum, Estimating Air Force Deployment Requirements for Lean Force Packages: A Methodology and Decision Support Tool Prototype, RAND Corporation (RR-1855-AF), 2017

Mills, Patrick, Muharrem Mane, Kenneth Kuhn, Anu Narayanan, James D. Powers, Peter Buryk, Jeremy M. Eckhause, John G. Drew, and 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 Corporation (RR-1578-AF), 2017

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

Patrick Mills, Sarah A. Nowak, Peter Buryk, John G. Drew, Christopher Guo, Raffaele Vardavas, Increasing Cost-Effective Readiness for the U.S. Air Force by Reducing Supply Chain Variance: Technical Analysis of Flying Hour Program Variance, RAND Corporation (RR-2118), 2018

Honors & Awards

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