Raymond E. Conley

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Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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D.P.A. (doctorate of public administration), University of Alabama; M.S. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.B.A., Louisiana Tech University; B.A. in industrial production, University of Oklahoma

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Raymond E. Conley, a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation, serves as director of the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE. Conley is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Conley has led and worked on an array of policy studies concentrating primarily on U.S. Air Force human resources and organizational issues. Recent research projects include estimating maintenance manpower requirements for low observable aircraft, sustaining human capital for the Air Force nuclear enterprise; maintaining the balance between manpower, skill levels, and operations tempo; delayering Air Force headquarters structure and warfighting headquarters implementation; and determining senior leader competency requirements for joint organizations. Prior to joining RAND in 2001, Conley was Chief, Manpower Requirements and Utilizations, Headquarters, United States Air Force. He holds a D.P.A. in public administration from the University of Alabama; an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University; an M.S. in national resource management from National Defense University; and an M.B.A from Louisiana Tech University.

Previous Positions

Chief, Manpower Requirements and Utilizations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Recent Projects

  • Restructuring the Air Force specialty classification system
  • Sizing the Air Force acquisition workforce
  • Enhancing performance of reserve component flag and general officers, senior executive civilians, and senior noncommissioned officers in joint matters

Selected Publications

Lynn M. Scott, Raymond E. Conley, Human Capital Management for the USAF Cyber Force, RAND Corporation (DB-579), 2010

Raymond E. Conley et al, Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters, RAND Corporation (MG-621), 2008

Raymond E. Conley et al, Maintaining the Balance Between Manpower, Skill Levels, and PERSTEMPO, RAND Corporation (MG-492-AF), 2006

Harry J. Thie et al, Past and Future: Insights for Reserve Component Use, RAND Corporation (TR-140-OSD), 2004