Michael H Powell

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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 graduated with distinction 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 abroad, in places such as Germany, Russia, and Hong Kong. Additionally, in his last semester at the Academy, he led his squadron as the Cadet Squadron Commander.

At RAND, Powell is focusing his research on manpower planning in the Department of Defense. He is specifically interested in the defense acquisition workforce.

Recent Projects

  • Defense Working Capital Fund-Related Insights from Analysis of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service