Supply Chain Management

A supply chain is the network of organizations—be they military, government, or private sector—involved in creating and delivering a product or service to a customer or consumer. RAND research on the management of supply chains has focused on both the efficiency and the security of civilian and military supply chains, with reports covering freight modernization, rail capacity and security, fuel taxes, and container inspection at ports.

  • Laura Ng, who has lupus and had to recently call at least five pharmacies before she could find a place to fill her hydroxychloroquine prescription, in Seattle, Washington, March 31, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters


    The Unintended Consequences of a Proposed Cure for COVID-19

    The very discussion of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as therapeutic options against COVID-19 has decreased their availability for proven treatments, exacerbated global shortages, fueled a rampant counterfeit drug market in Africa, and worsened trade tensions. What can be done to deal with these unintended consequences?

    Apr 29, 2020

  • Commercial trucks cross over the Ambassador Bridge at the international border crossing during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Detroit, Michigan, March 18, 2020, photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters


    Supply Chain Disruptions Due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing

    There are significant epidemiological and economic risks and uncertainties with physical distancing policies put into effect in the United States to reduce the growth of COVID-19. We have estimated the economy-wide impacts of a set of these policies to provide a sense of their likely economic toll.

    Apr 28, 2020

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    Medical Supply Shortfalls, Parenting Through the Pandemic, North Korea: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on reducing medical supply shortfalls, understanding who's in charge during a pandemic, North Korea's nuclear blackmail, and more.

    Apr 17, 2020

  • An N95 respirator mask at a laboratory in Maplewood, Minnesota, March 4, 2020, photo by Nicholas Pfosi/Reuters


    How to Reduce Medical Supply Shortfalls During Pandemics

    Pandemics present a high risk of medical supply shortfalls. But shortfalls in “hot spot” regions could be reduced by minimizing idle inventory and acquisitions of new supplies in regions where the number of infections is low. A backstop mechanism could help assure these “cool spots” that, if they release supplies and delay acquiring new supplies, they will have priority access in the future.

    Apr 16, 2020

  • Agricultural workers clean carrot crops of weeds amid an outbreak of COVID-19 at a farm near Arvin, California, April 3, 2020, photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters


    Forgotten on the Frontlines of the Food Supply Chain

    The working and living conditions of farmworkers make practicing social distancing, self-isolation, or quarantine impossible. In the food supply, farmworkers are the first responders who keep the supply chains going. FEMA, the CDC, and state governments should include farmworkers and agricultural communities in their emergency response plans.

    Apr 3, 2020

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    Justice for Florida Farmworkers: Q&A with Susan Marquis

    In her new book, Susan Marquis takes readers inside the fight in Florida tomato fields. She traces the history and victories of a grassroots group of farmworkers and community leaders who wrested better wages and working conditions from major tomato growers and their corporate buyers.

    Dec 15, 2017

  • Airmen perform warehouse location checks at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 25, 2013


    Dispersing War Reserve Materiel

    Prepositioning of war reserve materiel is essential to rapid deployment of U.S. forces, but the existing centralized storage posture is not well suited to unpredictable deployments. Would dispersed storage be a better option?

    Nov 3, 2013

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Supply Chain Policy Center to Research Critical Issues in Freight Transportation

    May 9, 2007 news release: RAND Supply Chain Policy Center to Research Critical Issues in Freight Transportation.

    May 9, 2007

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    Bryan Boling

    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MSc in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; BS in mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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    Elliott Brennan

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in English, Yale University

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    Monika Cooper

    Technical Analyst
    Education Doctorate Business Administration (In Progress) in business administration, University of Maryland, Global; MBA in economics, finance, Bellevue University; Bachelor of Science in international business management, Bellevue University; Undergrad Studies in psychology, modern languages, Creighton University

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    Endy M. Daehner

    Director of Operations, Global Research Talent, Senior Physical Scientist
    Education B.A. in human biology, Stanford University; Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology

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    Kenneth J. Girardini

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Yun Kang

    Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, MIT

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    Bradley Martin

    Director, RAND National Security Supply Chain Institute; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of Michigan; B.A. in political science, University of New Mexico

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    Jared Mondschein

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in chemistry, Penn State University; B.S. in chemistry, Union College

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    Eric Peltz

    Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
    Education M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in systems engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    John F. Raffensperger

    Operations Researcher, Adjunct; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in business, University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.S. in industrial engineering, Northwestern University

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    Emma Westerman

    Director, Acquisition and Development Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Mathematician
    Education M.S. in mathematics and statistics, Georgetown University; B.S. in mathematics and statistics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University