Raymond E. Conley

Raymond E. Conley
Senior Management Scientist
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D.P.A. (doctorate of public administration), University of Alabama; M.S. in industrial engineering, Arizona State University; M.S. in resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.B.A., Louisiana Tech University; B.A. in industrial production, University of Oklahoma

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Raymond E. Conley is a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has led and worked on an array of policy studies concentrating primarily on U.S. Air Force human resources and organizational issues. Recent research projects at RAND include evaluating the size, structure, and development of AF space personnel; evaluating the acquisition workforce; analyzing the movement of airmen between active, reserve, and air national guard components; assessing the sustainment of human capital for the Air Force nuclear enterprise; maintaining the balance between manpower, skill levels, and operations tempo; delayering Air Force headquarters structure and warfighting headquarters implementation; and determining senior leader competency requirements for joint organizations. Prior to joining RAND in 2001, Conley was chief, Manpower Requirements and Utilizations, Headquarters, United States Air Force. He holds a D.P.A. in public administration from the University of Alabama; an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University; an M.S. in national resource management from National Defense University; and an M.B.A from Louisiana Tech University.

Previous Positions

Chief, Manpower Requirements and Utilizations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Recent Projects

  • Improving the Effectiveness of Air Force Squadron Commanders
  • Sizing the Air Force Acquisition Workforce
  • Intelligence Community Workforce Planning
  • F-35 Beddown Alternatives
  • Enhancing performance of reserve component flag and general officers, senior executive civilians, and senior noncommissioned officers in joint matters

Selected Publications

John A. Ausink, Miriam Matthews, Raymond E. Conley, Nelson Lim, Improving the Effectiveness of Air Force Squadron Commanders, RAND Corporation (RR-2233), 2018

Lauren Caston et al, The Future of the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force, RAND Corporation (MG-1210), 2014

Ronald G. McGarvey et al, Assessment of Beddown Alternatives for the F-35, RAND Corporation (RR-124), 2013

Don Snyder et al, Assessment of the Air Force Materiel Command Reorganization: Report for Congress, RAND Corporation (RR-389), 2013

Charles Panagiotis Nemfakos et al, Workforce Planning in the Intelligence Community: A Retrospective, RAND Corporation (RR-114), 2013

Lynn M. Scott, Raymond E. Conley, Human Capital Management for the USAF Cyber Force, RAND Corporation (DB-579), 2010

Raymond E. Conley et al, Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters, RAND Corporation (MG-621), 2008

Conley, Raymond E., Albert A. Robbert, Joseph G. Bolten, Manuel J. Carrillo, and H. G. Massey, Maintaining the Balance Between Manpower, Skill Levels, and PERSTEMPO, RAND Corporation (MG-492-AF), 2006


  • Military Personnel Retention

    Investing in Military Human Capital

    A new effort to review the military's personnel system will focus initially on policies to assign, evaluate, and promote service members. To truly address systematic challenges, however, the scope will need to widen to include how the various military services might size, structure, and support key missions.

    Nov 5, 2015

    Military Times