Carl Rhodes is director of the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE. The program examines questions concerning the required size and composition of AF workforces; the best ways to recruit, train, develop, pay, promote, and retain personnel; and the quality of life for Air Force members and employees. Rhodes joined RAND in 1997 and is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During his tenure at RAND, he has performed work for clients including the Air Force, Army, Joint Staff, and Joint Forces Command. Rhodes participated in projects examining the interdiction of armored ground forces; long-range strike; and the military use of commercial space services and assets. He recently led projects examining current and future USAF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and the processes involved with planning, executing, and assessing those operations. Other recent research focuses on the employment and modernization of unmanned aircraft systems.
Rhodes received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where his thesis work examined the modeling of nonlinear systems for process control.
Previous PositionsAssociate Director, Aerospace Force Development Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE
- Future capabilities and missions for remotely pilot aircraft
- Employing future surveillance assets to engage mobile targets
- Tasking and employing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets
- Long-range strike capabilities required by the national security strategy
Carl Rhodes et. al, A Strategies-to-Tasks Framework for Planning and Executing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, RAND Corporation (TR-434-AF), 2007
Sherrill Lingel et. al, Methodology for Improving the Planning, Execution, and Assessment of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations., RAND Corporation (TR-459-AF), 2007
John Matsumura et. al, Exploring Advanced Technologies for the Future Combat Systems Program, RAND Corporation (MR-1332-A), 2002
Tim Bonds et. al, Employing Commercial Satellite Communications: Wideband Investment Options for the Department of Defense, RAND Corporation (MR-1192-AF), 2000