Navy and Marine Forces Center

An MV-22 Osprey on the USS Wasp

Marines exit a MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp

Photo by Daniel Barker/U.S. Marine Corps

RAND's Navy and Marine Forces Center (NMF) helps the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), allied maritime and amphibious forces, and other clients manage acquisition, sustainment, personnel, force development and strategy issues. Employing a range of analytical approaches—including cost effectiveness analyses, risk assessments, technology surveys, industrial base reviews, and personnel and operational evaluations—it investigates personnel readiness, power projection, and expeditionary operations; platform and system costs; interoperability demands; logistics, technology, and industrial capabilities; and Marine force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Research Focus Areas

Shipbuilding, Maintenance, Logistics, and Sustainment

NMF evaluates competition, management, and workforce issues facing shipbuilders and ship maintainers. Our research—on cost trends and estimating techniques, production and workforce management, risk controls, contracting, inventory management, facilities planning, process improvements, and related factors—helps U.S. and allied leaders control costs and hedge against risk. NMF guidance helps improve the readiness, efficiency, and reliability of USMC logistics operations in highly fluid situations.

Force Employment in Naval and Amphibious Expeditionary Operations

NMF analyzes options for future amphibious shipping, using auxiliary ships in crisis response missions, and supporting amphibious operations with expeditionary ground reconnaissance teams. Our expertise in information architectures and networks, software services, information assurance, remotely piloted vehicles, and C4ISR modeling helps commanders make better operational and tactical decisions.

Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

Marine Corps forces need to tailor intelligence efforts to meet evolving demands. NMF supports the USMC’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise with wargaming, analysis, and research assistance.


To support systems acquisitions, NMF researchers conduct analyses of alternatives, evaluate system costs, and explore technical and programmatic risks. Analysts sort through requirements priorities, develop concepts of operation, and model and evaluate system performance across numerous operational settings.

Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Readiness

NMF teams assess the Navy’s and USMC’s personnel readiness, measurement methods, diversity programs, training infrastructures, and unit and individual training—all through quantitative and qualitative analyses.


Navy and Marine Forces Center clients include:

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • U.S. Navy
    • Secretary of the Navy
    • Chief of Naval Operations
    • Navy Naval Sea Systems Command
    • Navy Naval Air Systems Command
    • Naval Special Warfare Command
  • U.S. Marine Corps
    • Marine Corps Combat Development Command
    • Marine Expeditionary Forces
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Australian Department of Defence
  • United Kingdom Ministry of Defence

Inquiries about the RAND Navy and Marine Forces Center or its activities can be directed to:

Paul DeLuca
Director, Navy and Marine Forces Center
RAND Corporation
4570 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 683-2300 ext. 4467