Christopher A. Mouton

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Senior Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. and Ph.D. in aero/astro engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech); B.S. in aero/astro engineering, University of Texas


Christopher Mouton is a senior engineer working primarily on Special Mission Analysis within RAND’s National Security Research Division. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Mouton has expertise in analysis of alternatives, force structure analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), personnel recovery, and special operations. His recent work has focused on next-generation ISR capabilities for U.S. Special Operations Command, cost-effective ways for the U.S. Africa Command to improve personnel recovery, and developing a roadmap to modernize Afghan aviation.

Selected Publications

Russell Hanson, Christopher A. Mouton, Adam R. Grissom, John P. Godges, COVID-19 Air Traffic Visualization: A New Tool Helps Analyze Commercial Air Travel Involving Infected Passengers, RAND Corporation (RR-A248-1), 2020

Christopher A. Mouton, Adam R. Grissom, Preparing for "Post-ISIL" Access Challenges: Robust Basing to Support Operations Against Nonstate Adversaries, RAND Corporation (RR-2493), 2018

Christopher A. Mouton John P. Godges, Timelines for Reaching Injured Personnel in Africa, RAND Corporation (RR-1536-OSD), 2016

Christopher A. Mouton and Hans G. Hornung, "Experiments on the Mechanism of Inducing Transition between Regular and Mach Reflection," Physics of Fluids, 20(12), 2008

Christopher A. Mouton and Hans G. Hornung, "Mach Stem Height and Growth Rate Predictions," AIAA Journal, 45(9), 2007


  • A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III taxis to its parking spot Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2012

    Peacetime Fuel 'Tankering' Could Save $25 Million Per Year

    Fuel tankering involves carrying excess fuel on an aircraft when flying from origins where fuel is less expensive than at the destination. Tankering fuel to a conflict zone such as Afghanistan is almost always cost-effective, but the story is more complex in other regions because of the way fuel is purchased and resold within the DoD itself.

    May 4, 2015 The RAND Blog