Peter Schirmer

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Senior Management Scientist
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M.B.A., Georgetown University; M.P.P., University of Michigan; B.A., University of Kentucky

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Pete Schirmer is a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation. From 2012 to 2017 he served as RAND's director for Emerging Policy Research and Methods and has previously held other management positions at RAND. His research focuses on simulation, modeling, and machine learning to increase military readiness and support the management of military manpower, personnel, and force structure. His RAND publications include Developing an Army Enterprise Data Science Capability and Realigning the Stars: A Methodology for Reviewing Active Component General and Flag Officer Requirements. He earned his M.P.P. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Recent Projects

  • Cost of Army Training Readiness
  • Army Enterprise Data Science
  • Machine Learning for the Defense Readiness Reporting System

Selected Publications

Zev Winkelman et al., Developing an Army Enterprise Data Science Capability, RAND, 2018 (forthcoming)

Lisa Harrington, et al., Realigning the Stars: A Methodology for Reviewing Active Component General and Flag Officer Requirements., RAND, 2018 (forthcoming)

Peter Schirmer, et al., Leader Development in Army Units: Views from the Field, RAND (MG-648-A), 2008

Peter Schirmer, et al., Challenging Time in DOPMA: Flexible and Contemporary Military Officer Management, RAND (MG-451), 2006


  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets soldiers after delivering remarks on his Force of the Future initiative in Fort Drum, N.Y., March 30, 2015

    A 'Measured Approach' to Managing Military Officers

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's “Force of the Future” initiative may mean far-reaching changes in how military personnel are recruited, evaluated, assigned, promoted, retained, separated, and compensated. What is needed is a map that shows potential paths to reach the objectives.

    Jul 15, 2015 Breaking Defense