James Williams

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Senior Engineer
Washington Office


M.S. in aerosystems engineering, Loughborough University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, University of Virginia


Jim Williams is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His research areas include weapon systems analysis and planning and employment. Much of his work involves computer modeling and simulation of Blue and Red military air forces, including the effects of advanced weapon systems, tactics and intelligence support upon mission outcomes. Some of his recent RAND publications include: (U) Adversary Air Enterprise – Cost Effective Options for the U.S. Air Force, (Rosello et al., 2016), and (U) Air Defense Options for Taiwan – An Assessment of Relative Costs and Operational Benefits (Lostumbo et al., 2016). Prior to joining RAND, Williams worked at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) where his work focused on assessing developmental threat weapon systems and their potential impact upon Blue. Williams received his M.S. in aerosystems engineering from Loughborough University and his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia.

Recent Projects

  • Enhancing 5th Gen Tactical Interoperability
  • Assessing Options for Enhancing Airpower’s Effectiveness in Defense of NATO’s Eastern Flank
  • Adversary Air Enterprise