April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Bill Powers

Research Fellow
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies


Dr. Bill Powers is a Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities supporting the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. He served 33 years as a Marine, both officer and enlisted, and retired as a Colonel. His background is primarily aviation having flown 14 different type/model/series aircraft, primarily in A-4 Skyhawks and F/A-18 Hornets. He served combat tours in Viet Nam and Desert Storm and commanded a battalion (acting), a squadron, and a group. He has authored numerous articles for professional publications and periodicals, primarily dealing with aviation, unmanned systems, leadership, and future warfare issues. In 2009 he received the Geiger Award from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation for the best aviation article published in the Marine Corps Gazette during 2008. The topic was Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles and was titled, “Have We Built Our Last Manned Strike Aircraft?” He is also the recipient of the Potomac Institute 2012 Senior Researcher award. Bill has a dual BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Central Florida; a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


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