William A. Williams

Project Associate V; 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. He researched issues dealing with military operations/training, strategic planning, leadership, command/control, space ops, special ops. This includes work for National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force, and ASD Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict, NRO, USD(I), National Guard Bureau, NASA, and FBI. He served as co-Chief of Staff for a RAND-DoD Acquisition 2001 Transformation Task Force. The Staff Director for a NGA Advisory Group, he managed research affecting how geospatial info is used. Led comprehensive look at ranges/airspace focusing on test & training requirements. More than 20 years experience in USAF operations serving as a B-52 aircraft commander, flight commander and instructor. Led USAFE's command team that defined post-cold war European basing. Managed international programs for; the UK, southern Europe/northern Africa, and on Air Staff supporting HQ USAF Ops Deptuy. Before RAND, he served in CIA for almost three years. His most recent work includes command and control issues relating to golbal connectivity in austere location, war in Afghanistan, USSTRATCOM C2 presentation of forces, space acquisition strategy and human capital, aerospace defense, security assistance, and FBI issues after 11 Sep attacks. He headed the RAND safety team and assisted ops team working with NASA and the Whith House Office of Science and Technology on SST 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 to include news, commercial, and features. He also worked in programming for a non-profit.

Recent Projects

  • Nevada Test and Training Range Strategic Look Related to DOI Land Renewal Process
  • Foreign Military Sales Process and Constraints
  • Combat Communications; Requirements Extending the Network into Austere Locations
  • Afghanistan and the Legacy Initiative with National Policing Capabiltiy
  • Air National Guard Missions in a Changing Environment