Raymond E. Conley

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Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 and director of the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Conley 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 include estimating maintenance manpower requirements for low observable aircraft, sustaining 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

  • 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
  • Restructuring the Air Force specialty classification system

Selected Publications

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

Raymond E. Conley et al, Maintaining the Balance Between Manpower, Skill Levels, and PERSTEMPO, RAND Corporation (MG-492-AF), 2006

Harry J. Thie et al, Past and Future: Insights for Reserve Component Use, RAND Corporation (TR-140-OSD), 2004


  • U.S. Marine Corps General, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a meet and greet with airmen on Yokota Air Base, Japan, November 4, 2015

    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