Eric Peltz

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Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
Santa Monica Office


M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in systems engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point

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Eric Peltz is senior vice president of Finance and Operations at the RAND Corporation. He oversees RAND International, Corporate Planning, and enterprise functions to include External Affairs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, and Workplace Services, which encompasses Facilities, Real Estate, and Security. He has wide ranging RAND experience as a researcher, in research management, and in the management of corporate services and operations.  Through the course of his career at RAND, he has served as vice president of Research Services and Operations with responsibility for several enterprise functions, as associate director of RAND's National Security Research Division (NSRD), and as the director of the Army Research Division Logistics Program, NSRD's logistics research, the RAND Supply Chain Policy Center, and NSRD's International Security and Defense Policy Center. While serving in these research management roles, Peltz continued to conduct research and led a broad range of projects on military global responsiveness, supply chain and logistics management, and fleet management. Prior to joining RAND, he held management positions at Chrysler and served in the U.S. Army. He holds a B.S.E. in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and an M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Eric Peltz et al., Improving DLA Supply Chain Agility: Lead Times, Order Quantities, and Information Flow, RAND Corporation (RR-822), 2015

Eric Peltz et al., DoD Depot-Level Reparable Supply Chain Management: Process Effectiveness and Opportunities for Improvement, RAND Corporation (RR-398), 2014

Michael Lostumbo et al., Overseas Basing of U.S. Military Forces: an Assessment of Relative Costs and Strategic Benefits, RAND Corporation (RR-201), 2013

Eric Peltz and Marc Robbins with Geoffrey McGovern, Integrating the Department of Defense Supply Chain, RAND Corporation (TR-1274), 2012

Eric Peltz et al., Effectively Sustaining Forces Overseas While Minimizing Supply Chain Costs: Targeted Theater Inventory, RAND Corporation (DB-524), 2008

Eric Peltz and Marc Robbins, Leveraging Complementary Distribution Channels for an Effective, Efficient Global Supply Chain, RAND Corporation (DB-515), 2007

Eric Peltz et al., Sustainment of Army Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom: Major Findings and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (MG-342-A), 2005

Eric Peltz et al., Speed and Power: Toward an Expeditionary Army, RAND Corporation (MR-1755-A), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Inside the Army; Inside Defense


  • Lean Thinking Comes to the Battlefield

    The 1991 Gulf War represented the pinnacle of the U.S. industrial approach to warfare: overwhelming mass. Subsequently, the U.S. military began the shift to a new support paradigm, adapting the lean, best practices of contemporary business, write Eric Peltz and Rick Eden.

    Jun 5, 2008 Forbes