Michael H Powell

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in economics, U.S. Air Force Academy


Michael Powell is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a bachelor of science in economics and minors in German and Russian.

Powell has a variety of experience studying and working abroad. He has studied in Germany, Russia, and Hong Kong, and conducted research in the Ukraine. Additionally, in Germany, he worked with a Swiss colonel at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, where he analyzed the development of military policies in neutral European countries. At the Academy, he completed an analysis on Russia's economic policy and performance in an independent study, and in his last semester, he led his squadron as the Cadet Squadron Commander.

Powell's policy interests are Air Force and Department of Defense acquisitions, international relations, and national and international economics.

Recent Projects

  • Defense Working Capital Fund-Related Insights from Analysis of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Cost-Effective Approaches to Managing Training and Readiness for Generating Mission-Ready Forces