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Ryan Schwankhart



Ryan Schwankhart (M.S., industrial engineering technology, Murray State University) is a Senior Technical Analyst at RAND with substantive knowledge and experience in research methodologies leading research for the Department of the Army Logistics Strategy. He provides expertise in wargame and modeling of operational support plans in U.S. Europe Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) while leading research project teams for studies sponsored by Army Material Command (AMC), Army Sustainment Command (ASC), Department of the Army G4 & G3/5/7 Strategy and War Operational Planning, U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Army Aviation Operations. He works closely with Special Forces Groups, Special Mission Units, and other Special Operations Forces (SOF) units, providing instruction to help them develop an understanding of key concepts and constructs for developing sensitive support networks. Ryan possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in military strategy, strategic planning and communications and engineering design. He performs analyst for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in support of the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) program supporting the development of effective defense institutions of partner nations directly associated with the execution of the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF). He serves as the Senior Logistics Lead for the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) Team conducting strategic partner nation engagements in the geographic combatant command theater(s) of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan and U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) in Chad and Cameroon. As a retired U.S. Army Special Operations Officer, Ryan distinguished himself through exceptionally meritorious military service in a wide variety of conventional and Special Operations assignments, culminating as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) (Airborne) Logistics Operations Officer in Charge. His career spans over 29+ years in both peacetime and wartime operations having participated in more than 32 combat rotations equating to over 75 months in a combat theater since September 2001.