William Shelton is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also Air Force Liaison for RAND Project AIR FORCE, representing RAND's staff and research to the U.S. Air Force, with the objective of maximizing the return on their investment in RAND research and of continuing to strengthen RAND's relationship with the Air Force.
Shelton's research has covered such topics as accelerating Air Force acquisition programs, the reorganization of Air Force Material Command (AFMC), and how to improve the Air Force's development and implementation of large scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) programs. After retiring from the Air Force in 2007, he worked in industry and government prior to joining RAND. During his Air Force career he worked on tactical aircraft (F-16, F-22, Joint Strike Fighter), command and control (Link 16), and missile defense (C2 Battle Management and Communications). While on active duty, Shelton served in the Department of State in Defense Trade Controls as an expert on export controls and the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR). He also had Air Staff and intelligence tours as well as a RAND Air Force Fellowship.
He has a B.S. in aeronautics/astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
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