United States Air Force Academy

Go to home page

Captain Michael Powell

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Economics and Geosciences

Official Photo of Michael Powell
Contact Information

(719) 333-4026



Captain Michael H. “Mick” Powell is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Geosciences. Capt Powell is an Air Force Acquisitions Officer and a proud graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.


PhD, Policy Analysis, Specialization in Economic Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School (2016)

MPhil, Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School (2015)

BS, Economics, United States Air Force Academy (2013)

Research and Scholarly Interests



Money and Banking


Labor Economics

Personnel Management in the Department of Defense


“Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results Through FY 2017” (3rd Author), RAND Corporation, 2018

“The Defense Acquisition Workforce Growth Initiative: Changing Workforce Characteristics and the Implications for Workforce Retention” (Pardee RAND Graduate School Dissertation), RAND Corporation, 2017