Carl Rhodes

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Director, RAND Australia


Ph.D. and M.S. in chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemical engineering, Stanford University

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Carl Rhodes is director of RAND Australia. In this role, he identifies policy research opportunities for Australian clients at the Commonwealth and state/territory levels, delivers and disseminates high quality research and analysis on Australian policy issues, and leads the RAND Australia office in Canberra. His most recent work for RAND Australia examines maritime robotics and autonomous systems and protection of sensitive technologies. Rhodes has also performed work for U.S. clients including the Air Force, Army, Joint Staff, and Joint Forces Command. He participated in and led efforts examining intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; long-range strike; the employment and modernization of unmanned aircraft systems and nuclear force modernization. Rhodes received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Previous Positions

Director, Force Modernization and Employment Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Associate Director, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Manager, Technology and Applied Sciences Group; Associate Director, Aerospace Force Development Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE

Recent Projects

  • Support to the Strategic Plan for Maritime Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Protecting Sensitive Technologies: Workshops and Gaming Support
  • Support to the Nuclear Posture Review
  • Workplace Stresses Affecting 20th Air Force
  • Tasking and Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Assets

Selected Publications

Chaitra M. Hardison et. al, Identifying Key Workplace Stressors Affecting Twentieth Air Force, RAND Corporation (RR-592), 2014

Lance Menthe et. al, The Effectiveness of Remotely Piloted Aircraft in a Permissive Hunter-Killer Scenario, RAND Corporation (RR-276-AF), 2014

Cordova et. al, Motion Imagery Processing and Exploitation (MIPE), RAND Corporation (RR-154-AF), 2013

Cordova et. al, Virtual Collaboration for a Distributed Enterprise, RAND Corporation (RR-153-AF), 2013

Menthe et. al, The Future of Air Force Motion Imagery Exploitation: Lessons from the Commercial World, RAND Corporation (TR-1133-AF), 2012

Carl Rhodes et. al, A Strategies-to-Tasks Framework for Planning and Executing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, RAND Corporation (TR-434-AF), 2007

Sherrill Lingel et. al, Methodology for Improving the Planning, Execution, and Assessment of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations., RAND Corporation (TR-459-AF), 2007

Tim Bonds et. al, Employing Commercial Satellite Communications: Wideband Investment Options for the Department of Defense, RAND Corporation (MR-1192-AF), 2000

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Award, 2014, RAND
  • Bronze Medal Award, 2007, RAND


  • Australian flag waving in blue sky, photo by MicroStockHub/Getty Images

    B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber Is Handy, but It May Not Be the Perfect Fit

    Some in the Australian defence community have called for significant changes to the Australian Defence Force structure in response to changing global strategic conditions. Before Australia considers any new long-range strike capabilities, an analysis of alternatives that examines both cost and capability is essential.

    Dec 2, 2019 The Australian

  • A pro-Russian separatist at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine's Donetsk region, July 17, 2014

    3 Weapons That Threaten Commercial Planes

    It's relatively rare that commercial aircraft are targeted with weapons built primarily to attack military aircraft, but there are a range of potential threats from such weapons. Given that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was reportedly at 33,000 feet when contact was lost, it seems impossible that the attack could have occurred using a shoulder-fired missile.

    Jul 18, 2014 U.S. News & World Report