Roland J. Yardley

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Senior International/Defense Researcher
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M.S. in management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.B.A. in human resource management, University of New Mexico

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Roland Yardley is a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. He joined RAND after a 24-year U.S. Navy career and leads studies for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Department of the Navy, and the Department of Homeland Security. Yardley has authored numerous reports on aviation, aircraft carrier and surface ship operations, and military and civiian personnel policy. He has participated in RAND research projects for the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia. Yardley received his M.S. in management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Previous Positions

Personnel Readiness Analyst, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Recent Projects

  • Examining options to reduce procurement and sustainment costs for JSF training aircraft
  • Managing configuration changes to F-35 Aircraft
  • Evaluating options to forward base a U.S. aircraft carrier
  • Extending operational cycles for DDG-51 class ships
  • Workforce assessment for a U.S. Navy program

Selected Publications

Roland Yardley, et al, Extending Depot Length and Intervals for DDG-51-Class Ships: Examining the 72-Month Operational Cycle, RAND Corporation (RR-1235), 2016

Martin B, Yurchak J, Bush R, Yardley RJ, Mondschein J, Drew JG Sakarin B, Navy Information Warfare Enterprise (IWE) Platform Modernization, RAND Corporation (RR-A605-1) (forthcoming)

Martin B, Yardley RJ, Approaches to Strategic Sealift Readiness, RAND Corporation (RR-3049), 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal, DoD