James G. Kallimani

Senior Technical Research Project Associate
Washington Office

Education

BS in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Purdue University

Overview

James Kallimani is a senior project associate at the RAND Corporation. He has an engineering background, specializing in problem solving and creative thinking for public policy, national security, defense, and government. Since joining RAND in 2005, he has performed projects for a number of clients including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Australian Navy, and NASA. His analyses for these clients span a wide range, and include naval ship industrial base, cost and performance of military systems, combat systems, viability and utility of future systems, facility needs, and organizational strategic planning. Kallimani worked with NASA on projects looking at forecasting aeronautics testing demand, facility needs, and strategic planning for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Kallimani has studied aircraft carriers in depth, performing analysis on forward presence, maintenance industrial base, new construction industrial base, and acquisition strategies. He has studied submarine construction and maintenance in the U.S. and Australia, and has worked to identify the future shipbuilding and aircraft needs for the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Prior to joining RAND, Kallimani worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston performing experiments to mathematically model the slosh effects of liquid fuel in zero-gravity. He has logged over 30 minutes of weightlessness while flying with NASA. Kallimani has studied methods to protect astronauts from the intense radiation that they would encounter on interplanetary flights between Earth and Mars, and studied improvements to methods for teaching engineering students.

Recent Projects

  • Assessing Aegis Program Transition to an Open-Architecture Model
  • Advancing Aeronautics: A Decision Framework for Selecting Research Agendas
  • Designing Australia's Future Submarines: Challenges and Options for Domestic Design
  • An Update of the Nation's Long Term Strategic Needs for NASA's Aeronautics Test Facilities
  • Changing Aircraft Carrier Procurement Schedules

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Merit Bonus Award, RAND
  • Impact Award for RSMD Contributions, RAND
  • Impact Award for Navy UAS Study, RAND

Publications