William A. Williams

Senior Policy Analyst V; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.A. in international relations, Creighton University; B.S. in radio/tv-film (concentrations in english and government), University of Texas, Austin


William A. "Skip" William at RAND since 1997: Researched issues on military operations/training, intelligence, strategy, command/control, space ops, special ops. Includes work for National Reconnaissance Office, USAF, and ASD Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict, NRO, USD(I), National Guard Bureau, NASA, and FBI. Served as co-Chief of Staff, RAND-DoD Acquisition 2001 Transformation Task Force. Staff Director for a NGA Advisory Group, he managed research affecting geospatial use. Led comprehensive look at ranges/airspace fociusing on test & training requirements. More than 20 years experience in operations as a B-52 aircraft commander, flight commander/instructor. Led USAFE command team that defined post-cold war European basing. Managed international programs for; the UK, southern Europe/northern Africa, and on Air Staff supporting HQ USAF Ops Deptuy. Before RAND, served in CIA almost three years. Recent work includes C2 issues relating to austere location golbal connectivity, mobility component organization, USAF-Airline collaboration, aqusition human capital, Afghanistan, USSTRATCOM C2 presentation, space acquisition strategy and human capital planning, security assistance, and FBI issues post 11 Sep attacks. Headed RAND safety team and assisted ops team working with NASA and the Whith House Office of Science and Technology on SST future. Former adjunct lecturer at University of Maine, Presque Isle, International Relations, presently on Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Worked in media relations and television production to include news, commercial, and features. He also worked programming for non-profit during shift in funding. As volunteer helped national professional associaiton with strategy and President recruitment. Charter member professional association; Cultural Evolution Society.

Recent Projects

  • Nevada Test and Training Range Strategic Look Related to DOI Land Renewal Process
  • Foreign Military Sales Process and Constraints
  • Combat Communications; Requirements Extending the Network into Austere Locations
  • Afghanistan and the Legacy Initiative with National Policing Capabiltiy
  • Air National Guard Missions in a Changing Environment