RAND Researchers Organize Series of Defense Economic Talks at WEAI Conference

The Western Economic Association International, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to encouraging and communicating economic research and analysis, convened its 75th Annual Conference June 29-July 3, 2000 in Vancouver, B.C. Economists from around the world attended the five-day event. RAND was an institutional sponsor of the event, and several staff members who research national security issues at RAND organized and/or participated in an entire series of talks about defense economics. 

RAND staff members Rebecca Kilburn, Ellen Pint, and Laura Baldwin (see profiles) organized the following panels:

Kilburn: 

Defense Economics: Recruiting and Retention in Defense Organizations. Discussants for this talk included Bernard Rostker, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and RAND researcher Charles Goldman. 

Defense Economics: Topics in Military Education. Charles Goldman presented his paper, "Staffing Innovations: Results of an Experiment in Army ROTC". RAND researchers Susan Gates and Harvey L. Gill were discussants on this panel.

Defense Economics: Human Resources Management. Susan Gates presented the paper, "Providing Education and Professional Development to DoD Civilians". RAND employee Harley L. Gill spoke about a paper co-authored with Albert Robbert entitled "DoD Civilians: Organizational and Career Professional Development". David S. C. Chu, Vice President of RAND's Army Research Division, presented a paper he co-wrote with John White from Harvard University about "Managing Human Resources: Future Challenges Facing Defense". Charles A. Goldman was a discussant. 

Defense Economics: Military Compensation. Bernard Rostker chaired this panel, and Rebecca Kilburn also served as a discussant. 

Baldwin and Pint: 

Defense Economics: Globalization, Acquisition Reform, and the Industrial Base. Edward Keating and Michael Mattock, researchers at RAND, served as discussants with Michael J. Meese from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Gary Bliss from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Defense Economics: Internal vs. External Markets for Support Service. Ellen Pint presented "Private Sector Provision of Defense Support in the UK & US". Edward Keating presented "Improving DFAS's Interactions with Its Customers", a paper he co-authored with Susan Gates.  "Defense Economics: Making Resource Allocation Decisions Strategy to Budget", a paper co-written by Gregory Hildebrandt from RAND and Raymond E. Franck, Jr. of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was another featured paper. RAND Associate Economist Michael Mattock presented "Air Force Communication Satellite Strategy". 

Defense Economics: Acquisition Processes and Decisionmaking. 

Defense Economics: Evaluating Defense Spending. Hildebrandt and Franck's paper, "Multiattribute Analysis of Precision Strike Capabilities", was presented, and Susan Gates, Ellen Pint, and Benjamin Zycher served as discussants. 

Benjamin Zycher, who is one of the WEAI's Board of Directors, was also a discussant in a panel about trade theory. RAND Economist Beth J. Asch presented her paper, "Retention, Pay and Promotion of DoD Civilian Employees", for a panel about Issues in Defense Economics, which was chaired by Saul Pleeter from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Gregory Hildebrandt was a discussant during the talk, Defense Economics: Evaluating Aspects of Readiness. Charles Goldman organized the group dinner, and Eric Christie provided administrative support for the session organizers, the group dinner, and at the conference. He also assembled the book of abstracts. The complete conference program is located at the WEAI Web site.