James Williams

James Williams
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 mission analysis of new technologies and operational concepts in contested combat environments and ballistic and cruise missile defense. Much of his work involves computer modeling and simulation of Blue versus Red integrated forces, systems, communications, and command and control concepts. Prior to joining RAND, Williams worked at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center where his work focused on assessing threat air weapon systems and included an assignment as a USAF exchange officer embedded in an allied defense intelligence service. 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

  • Exploring Concepts and Capabilities for Airborne Systems in Future Missile Defense Architectures
  • Exploring Allied Contributions to Air Base Resiliency in the European Theater
  • Leveraging Commercial Space Internet Services for Air Missions
  • Enhancing 5th Generation Fighter Tactical Interoperability in Joint Missions
  • New Concepts and Capabilities for Manned-Unmanned Teaming in Anti-Air Warfare