Sherrill Lingel

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Project AIR FORCE Field Analyst to PACAF; Senior Engineer
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Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics engineering, University of Washington; B.S. in aeronautical engineering, University of Virginia

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Sherrill Lingel is a senior engineer at RAND and the first Project AIR FORCE Field Analyst at PACAF. She has led studies on ISR capabilities for highly contested environments in the Pacific and UAS basing options for the PACOM AOR; she has also co-led studies on alternative space architectures for SSA and SATCOM and assuring beyond-line-of-sight communications for airborne ISR platforms.

Lingel's previous work at RAND includes integrating ISR and strike in the planning, tasking, and assessment of operations; examining the tasking and employing of ISR assets for a range of conflicts; evaluating Global Hawk sensor upgrades for maritime surveillance missions; modeling and analysis related to aircraft survivability; and looking at the methodology employed by the military for collateral damage estimation and mitigation. She has also studied the MANPAD threat to commercial aviation, has analyzed ISR force requirements for small-scale contingencies and major theater campaigns, and participated in RAND's lessons learned assessment of Operation Allied Force with regard to weapon employment and aircraft survivability.

Prior to joining RAND, Lingel worked for the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo, Norway. She has a background in modeling and simulation of air- and space-based systems and fluid dynamics, and she received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.

Recent Projects

  • Future roles and missions of unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Air Force
  • Basing options for unmanned aerial systems
  • Global Hawk sensor upgrades for maritime surveillance

Selected Publications

Sherrill Lingel et al., Methodology for Improving the Planning, Execution and Assessment of Intelligence, RAND Corporation (TR-459), 2008

Eric V. Larson et al., Assuring Access in Key Strategic Regions: Toward a Long-Term Strategy, RAND Corporation (MG-112), 2005

James Chow et al., Protecting Commercial Aviation Against the Shoulder-Fired Missile Threat, RAND Corporation (OP-106), 2005