Christopher A. Mouton

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Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, National Security Research Division; Engineer
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 an Aerospace Engineer and is currently serving as the Associate Director of NSRD's Acquisition and Technology Policy Center. Chris holds a B.S. in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics, also from Caltech. His doctoral thesis, Transition between Mach Reflection and Regular Reflection in the Dual-Solution Domain, which involved experiments using a supersonic Ludwieg tube, as well as two-dimensional and three-dimensional numerical analysis and theoretical estimates, was awarded the William F. Ballhaus Prize for the best thesis in aeronautics. He was also a 2011 finalist for the Rist Prize, which is awarded by the Military Operations Research Society.

Selected Publications

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