Emma Westerman

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Director, Acquisition and Development Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Mathematician
Washington Office


M.S. in mathematics and statistics, Georgetown University; B.S. in mathematics and statistics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University


Emma Westerman is director of the Acquisition and Development Program (ADP) for the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). She is a mathematician who specializes in requirements, acquisition, logistics, technology, sustainment, cybersecurity, and lifecycle risk management.

Prior to joining RAND, Westerman worked as a lifecycle logistics manager for the Department of Defense. She was responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, operations and sustainment logistics for multiple Phased Array Radar programs. Westerman helped to develop the cross-platform implementation plans, contracts and other high level documentation for several Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and II programs. She has experience in Lean Six Sigma processes, Total Ownership Cost management, risk reduction methods and the federal budgeting cycle. Prior to managing Phased Array Radar logistics, Westerman held several rotational positions within the Department of Defense. These positions included performing reliability analysis for the Zumwalt Class Destroyer program, requirements refinement at OPNAV, assisting the executive director of the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, and developing overarching metrics for the Navy’s Submarine Safety Program.

Westerman is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a joint B.S. in mathematics and statistics and a B.A. in philosophy. She also received a dual M.S. in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. At Carnegie Mellon she studied graph theory, logic and optimization. At Georgetown she studied signal processing and data mining. She received a National Science Foundation grant to study the minimum crossing numbers of complete graphs, has taught in Ecuador, and enjoys speaking about the importance of data-driven capability analysis.

Recent Projects

  • A Framework for Assessing Reliability-Related Cost Growth in Sustainment
  • Aligning Pre- and Post-Development Sustainment Metrics
  • A Framework for Exploring Cybersecurity Policy Options
  • Assessing Technology Enhancements for Expeditionary Logistics Operations


  • Report

    An Approach to Life-Cycle Management of Shipboard Equipment

    The authors analyze trends in the life-cycle management of common shipboard equipment on U.S. Navy surface ships and recommend steps to improve the readiness of this equipment, increase its efficiency, and reduce sustainment costs.

    Oct 1, 2018

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    Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in Australia

    RAND conducted a cyber security exercise in Canberra, Australia to explore opportunities to improve cyber security, assess the implications of possible solutions, and inform Australia's next national Cyber Security Strategy.

    Aug 7, 2017

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    A Framework for Exploring Cybersecurity Policy Options

    RAND conducted two discovery games to explore possible solutions for improving cybersecurity, assess their implications, and develop an initial framework to support debate and inform decisions regarding cybersecurity policies and practices.

    Nov 23, 2016

  • Report

    Contestability Frameworks: An International Horizon Scan

    RAND identified and reviewed international contestability practices on behalf of the Australian Department of Defence.

    Mar 21, 2016