Stephen W. Oliver, Jr.

Stephen W. Oliver, Jr.
Adjunct International/Defense Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


MA in organizational management, George Washington University; MA in national security and strategic studies, Air War College; MA in military operational art and science, Air Command and Staff College; MS in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle University; BS in electrical engineering, Clarkson University


Stephen W. (Steve) Oliver, Jr. is an adjunct international and defense policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.  He joined RAND in 2021 after retiring from the Air Force as a Major General. His 31-years of Air Force service included worldwide operational and combat flying as a KC-135 and C-130 navigator, as well as diverse Air Force and Joint executive leadership positions in strategy, policy, plans, programs and logistics; executive leader/officer talent management, human capital/workforce development, education and training; and international affairs/security cooperation. He gained extensive interagency, international and regional experience in leadership roles at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Africa Command, the U.S. Transportation Command, and multiple overseas assignments in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

Recent Projects

  • Racial Disparity Root Cause Analysis
  • Developing a Strategic Engagement Plan for Space
  • Integrating Space Allies Capabilities

Selected Publications

Conley, Raymond E., Kimberly Curry Hall, Claude Messan Setodji, Stephen W. Oliver, Jr., Sarah W. Denton, C. Ben Gibson, Paul Emslie, Shawn Cochran, Michael Schiefer, and Melissa Bauman, Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Considerations into the 2021 Department of the Air Force Developmental Education Selection Boards: Analysis of Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-A1251-1), 2022