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Bill Shelton


Management and Governance

William Shelton is the acting director of the Infrastructure, Immigration, and Security Operations Program within the RAND Homeland Security Research Division, and a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His research has covered such topics as accelerating Air Force acquisition programs, the reorganization of Air Force Material Command, how to improve the Air Force’s development and implementation of large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning programs, and how to improve the acquisition process for the U.S. Space Force.

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.