Michael McGee

Adjunct Senior Policy Researcher
Off Site Office

Education

Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in strategic studies, Air University; M.S. in aero/astro engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; B.S. in aero/astro engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy

Overview

Michael McGee is a adjunct senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on a variety of aviation, defense, and security related subjects for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

McGee is retired from the U.S. Air Force. He spent the majority of his career as an F-16 pilot, including multiple combat and command tours. His leadership experience includes a 1,000 person Expeditionary Group in combat spread over 9 different geographic locations, and a 5,000 person Wing with over $4B in assets. He was a Command Pilot, a Mission Commander, a Standards and Evaluation pilot, and spent four years as an instructor pilot in the F-16 division of the Air Force's Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). He also specialized in classified program operations and integration, and air forces/ground forces integration. During the latter part of his career, he specialized in international political-military relations, including extensive work in Israel and other parts of the Middle East.

McGee was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning a B.S. in aeronautical engineering. He later earned an M.S. in aerospace sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an M.A. in strategic studies from Air University, an M.Phil and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • Air Transport Pilot Supply and Demand
  • USAF and Airline Collaboration
  • Total Force Aircrew Management
  • Enhanced Army airborne forces
  • Assessing security cooperation as a preventive tool

Publications