Shane Tierney

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Technical Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.S. in aero/astro engineering, Penn State University; B.S. in aero/astro engineering, Penn State University


Shane Tierney is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation. He has worked with the RAND Arroyo Center, RAND National Defense Research Institute, RAND Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center and RAND Project Air Force on a range of governmental and defense-related projects in such areas as force modernization, force structure analysis, industrial base analysis and data management.

Tierney received his BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. His research while there was focused on autonomous rotorcraft control systems.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating Alternative Maintenance Force Structure Concepts for the F-35A
  • How to Analyze the Cyber Threat from Drones
  • Adversary UAS Capabilities
  • Land-Based Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
  • Operational Support Aircraft Fleet Validation Support

Selected Publications

Bradley Wilson, Shane Tierney, Brendan Toland, Rachel M. Burns, Colby Peyton Steiner, Christopher Scott Adams, Michael Nixon, Raza Khan, Michelle D. Ziegler, Jan Osburg, Ike Chang., Small unmanned aerial system adversary capabilities, RAND Corporation (RR-3023-DHS), 2020

Katharina Ley Best, Jon Schmid, Shane Tierney, Jalal Awan, Nahom M. Beyene, Maynard A. Holliday, Raza Khan, Karen Lee, How to analyze the cyber threat from drones : background, analysis frameworks, and analysis tools, RAND (RR-2972-RC), 2020

Anna Jean Wirth, Thomas Light, Daniel Romano, Shane Tierney, Ron McGarvey, Moon Kim, Michael Lostumbo, Amanda Nguyen, Paul Emslie, John Drew, Evaluating alternative maintenance manpower force structure concepts for the F-35A, RAND (RR-), 2015

Shane Tierney, Drew Herrick, Jeffrey Chase, Isaac R. Porche III, SOF-CF interdependence, interoperability, and integration : existing doctrine, policy, and critical emerging concepts, RAND (RR-), 2018

Bradley Wilson, Jessie Riposo, Thomas Goughnour, Mel Eisman, Angelena Bohman, Shane Tierney, Rachel M. Burns, Naval Operational Supply System : analysis of alternatives, RAND (RR-2403/1-NAVY), 2018

Muharrem Mane, Shane Tierney, Sean Critelli, Anthony D. Rosello, Validating the FY 2016 OSA Fleet, RAND (RR-1368/1-OSD), 2017

Thomas Light, Obaid Younossi, John A. Ausink, Clifford A. Grammich, Thomas Hamilton, Mark A. Lorell, H. G. Massey, Shane Tierney, Fred Timson, John Wallace, Comparison of cost drivers for manned and remotely piloted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft systems, RAND (RR-1618-AF), 2017

Shane Tierney, Anthony D. Rosello, Christopher G. Pernin, Worldwide C-17 availability to support 82nd Airborne operations from Fort Bragg/Pope Field, RAND (RR-897-A), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award, RAND NSRD
  • Impact Award, RAND PAF