William A. Williams

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Defense Research Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.A. in international relations, Creighton University; B.S. in radio/tv-film (concentrations in english and government), University of Texas, Austin


William A. "Skip" William has been with RAND since 1997, and has researched issues dealing with military operations and training, strategic planning, leadership, command/control, special operations and homeland security. This includes work for the National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force, ASD Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict, the NRO, National Guard Bureau, NASA, and FBI. He served as the co-Chief of Staff for a RAND supported DoD Acquisition Transformation Task Force during the administration transition in 2001. The Staff Director for the NGA Advisory Group, he managed research affecting how geospatial information will be used in the future. Led a comprehensive look at aircraft ranges and airspace focusing on training requirements. He has more than 20 years experience in Air Force operations serving as a B-52 aircraft commander, flight commander and instructor. He led the USAFE major command team that defined the post-cold war force structure and basing, managed international programs for southern Europe and northern Africa, and served on the Air Staff supporting the HQ USAF/XO. Before RAND, he served in CIA for almost three years. Williams' most recent work includes work on command and control issues relating to the war in Afghanistan, USSTRATCOM C2 presentation of forces, space acquisition strategy, homeland defense aerospace defense and FBI issues. He headed the RAND safety team and assisted the operations team working with NASA on the Space Shuttle future. A former adjunct lecturer at the University of Maine, Presque Isle, teaching International Relations, he also has worked in media relations and television production.