Michael McGee

Michael McGee
Adjunct Senior Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in strategic studies, Air University; M.S. in aeronautical sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; B.S. in aeronautical engineerng, U.S. Air Force Academy


Michael McGee is a adjunct senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on a variety of aviation (manned and unmanned), defense, and security related subjects for the Department of Defense and other government agencies. 

McGee is retired from the U.S. Air Force. He spent the majority of his career as an F-16 pilot.  He had multiple combat and command tours including an Expeditionary Group in combat.   He was a Command Pilot, a Mission Commander, a Standards and Evaluation pilot, and spent four years as an instructor pilot in the F-16 division of the Air Force's Fighter Weapons School. He also specialized in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) planning and operations, classified program operations and integration, and air forces/ground forces integration. During the latter part of his career, he specialized in international political-military relations, including extensive work in Israel and other parts of the Middle East.

McGee was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning a B.S. in aeronautical engineering. He later earned an M.S. in aerospace sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an M.A. in strategic studies from Air University, an M.Phil and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.