Anna Jean Wirth

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Associate Director, Resource Management Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Operations Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S. in chemistry, College of William and Mary


Anna Jean Wirth (she/her) is the associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE's Resource Management Program, and an operations researcher. Building upon a background in the sciences where her Ph.D. work helped bridge the gap between experimental protein folding and simulation, at RAND Wirth has applied her analytic skills to policy research. Her body of work focuses on problems where modeling, simulation, and quantitative data analysis can help inform decision-making, particularly for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. She is particularly interested in resource management and the relationship between resource allocation and measures of operational performance. Her recent research highlights include study of how changes to F-35A maintenance force structure impact cost and readiness and the challenges of threat replication in USAF operational training infrastructure.