Supply Chain Management

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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.

  • An eighteen-wheeler entering one of the main shipping container corridors at the Port of Houston in Houston, Texas, October 12th, 2021, photo by Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto/Reuters

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    Supply Chain Disruptions: The Risks and Consequences

    Nov 15, 2021

    With interdependence comes risk, and in the case of supply chains, these risks often are not fully appreciated. A systematic effort, cutting across agencies and public and private sectors, could be one way to ensure that vulnerabilities are understood and mitigated.

  • Gasoline tankers pass by Colonial Pipeline storage tanks in Austell, Georgia, May 10, 2021, photo by John Spink/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM

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    Supply Chains Have a Cyber Problem

    Jun 22, 2021

    We are entering a world in which cyber disruptions easily become supply chain disruptions, and where supply chains for hardware and software create new cyber risks. Managing these will demand digital-era solutions, including updating tools, regulations, and reporting requirements.

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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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    Elizabeth Hastings Roer

    Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, UC San Diego; B.A. in economics, Boston University; M.A. in economics, Boston University

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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

    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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    Shannon Prier

    Quantitative Analyst
    Education Master of Public Policy in homeland security and quantitative methods, University of Southern California

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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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    Adam C. Resnick

    Senior Operations Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin; M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin; B.A. in mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

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    Daniel M. Romano

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education M.B.A in business administration, George Mason University; M.S. in logistics management, Air Force Institute of Technology

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    Emma Westerman

    Director, Management, Technology, and Capabilities Program, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; 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

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    Elisa Yoshiara

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, Georgetown University; B.A. in peace and conflict studies, U.C. Berkeley