N. Peter Whitehead

N. Peter Whitehead
Senior Engineer; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in systems engineering, University of Virginia; ME in electrical engineering, University of Virginia; ME in systems engineering, University of Virginia; B.S. in physics & math, Washington & Lee; B.A. in French, Washington & Lee


Peter Whitehead is a senior engineer at RAND specializing in systems engineering, engineering management, operations research, digital engineering, and electrical engineering, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Other interests and experience include: artificial intelligence, decision analytics, risk analysis, force resilience, rules of engagement, ethics, insider threat analysis, enterprise systems aka: system of systems, military & commercial space, wargaming, and simulation.

Recent Projects

  • Digital Engineering Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Technology Minimum Viable Product Acquisition Study
  • A Survey of U.S. Space Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Interdependence and Geopolitical Vulnerability The Case of Taiwan and High-End Semiconductors
  • Supply Chain Risk Management Acquisition Framework