expertise in the field of systems, policy, and operations analysis is the development of new procedures and their application to defense and health care enterprises. He has advised senior management in the Department of Defense and defense industries, including various secretariats, service chiefs of staff, commanders of unified commands, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has recently worked on studies to enhance the protection of U.S. military forces overseas against terrorist attacks and to restructure Army forces to improve their capability and versatility to perform a broader spectrum of missions over the next two decades. He is a member of the U.S. Army Science Board and a past president of the Military Operations Research Society. He is an INFORMS fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering (operations research) from Ohio State University.
JOHN D. CHRISTIE is a senior fellow at the Logistics Management Institute with an extensive background in defense acquisition policy and program analysis. From 1989 to 1993, he served as director of acquisition policy and program integration for the under secretary of defense (acquisition), directing the preparation of a comprehensive revision to all defense acquisition policies and procedures. While there he also prepared comprehensive acquisition program alternatives for the secretary of defense that resulted in multibillion dollar budget reductions. As a member of the Army Science Board in the 1980s, he directed a review of all Army analytical community and operations research activities that supported the overall Army acquisition process and its integration with the programming and budgeting process. In the 1990s he served on the staff of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces that provided recommendations to improve defense management. He was a member of the Panel on Statistical Methods for Testing and Evaluating Defense Systems of the Committee on National Statistics. He has S.B., S.M., E.M.E., and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering.
MICHAEL L. COHEN (Study Director) is a senior program officer for the Committee on National Statistics. He previously assisted the Panel on Estimates of Poverty for Small Geographic Areas and directed the Panel on Statistical Methods for Testing and Evaluating Defense Systems. Formerly, he was a mathematical statistician at the Energy Information Administration, an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University