In Remembrance: Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall

Photo courtesy of RAND Corporation

Andrew W. (Andy) Marshall, a RAND researcher who went on to serve for more than four decades as director of the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, passed away on March 26. He was 97.

Marshall joined RAND in 1949, where he played an important role in refining many of the approaches that became the foundation for RAND’s research, such as methods to assess random variables, manage sampling schemes for Monte Carlo computations, study the epidemiology of mental health problems, and apply cost-benefit analyses to health care. During his 23-year affiliation with RAND, he researched Soviet military programs, nuclear targeting, organizational behavior theory and strategic-planning, among other concepts. Marshall left RAND in 1972 to become the founding director of the Office of Net Assessment, which contemplates military strategy decades into the future. He retired from that role in 2015 at age 93.

“Andrew Marshall was one of the nation's most respected and far-sighted defense experts,” said Michael D. Rich, president and CEO of RAND. “He was a gifted futurist and strategist who had mentored generations of researchers, both at RAND and beyond. His influence will be felt for years to come.”

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We recall fondly our colleagues who have passed away in 2019:

Harold Brown, Paul Lee Jordan, Yale H. Katz, Gil Madrid, Melinda Moore, Fran Oshiro, ​Adele Palmer, and Helen Turin.

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