Adam is a Research Fellow and a member of the SPARC team. He has over ten years of professional experience supporting government clients. Adam has worked with a variety of offices, programs, and personnel in the National Capital Region with naval S&T policy analysis. He provided programmatic support for Marine Corps Intelligence S&T intergradation strategy development and delivered special studies and assessments. Adam has experience with Knowledge Management strategy and implementation, as well as Knowledge Management tools migration strategies.

Adam served seven years as a Marine Corps Infantry officer with experiences in the Middle East, Guantanamo Bay-Cuba, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Andy is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  He joined the CETO team in October 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps with 30 years of service. Andy was designated as an Infantry Officer.

Command tours have included platoon command in 2d Battalion (Bn), 8th Marines and 2d Bn, 2d Marines, company command in 2d Bn, 7th Marines and battalion command in 2d Bn, 4th Marines and 2d Bn, 3rd Marines. Additionally, he commanded the Marine Corps’ Training Command and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He has participated in a combat deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), plus disaster relief missions in the Philippines and as part of operation Tomodachi in Japan.

In addition to his command time, Andy was a staff platoon commander and tactics instructor at The Basic School.  He served as an instructor and the Associate Chairman of the Physics Department at the United States Naval Academy.  Staff tours have included time with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Operations, Operations Officer for the 31st MEU, Ground Advocate for Headquarters Marine Corps and the deputy commander at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.

Andy holds a BS degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State, and Master’s Degrees from The Naval Postgraduate School in Applied Physics and the National War College in National Security Strategy. 

Doug Stilwell is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in April 2017 and supports the Futures Assessment Division of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory / Futures Directorate.

Mr. Stilwell possesses extensive leadership and management experience at the military service and joint levels as well as in the defense industry. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he worked over five years for American Systems Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia as a Program Manager for Science and Technology Integration (Warfighter Performance, Training and Education). He previously served over 30 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where his major assignments included infantry company, Battalion Landing Team, and Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) command; Director, Marine Corps Strategic Vision Group; Commander, Marine Corps Training Command; Current Operations Branch Head, Deputy Director for Operations, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; and Chief, Joint Training Division, U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Mr. Stilwell’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. He additionally holds a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston. His strengths include multinational, joint, and Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) military planning and operations; strategic planning and foresight; policy development; training and education; wargame facilitation; and integration of defense-related science, technology, research and development efforts.

Mike HollandMr. Michael Hoglund, PMP, currently provides strategic planning assistance to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). This assignment varies broadly from the development of new strategic goals and objectives, implementation of non-traditional systems aimed at spurring innovative solutions, to the development of new business areas and partnerships.  Our nation has accepted risk in our energetics based weapons system development over the past several decades with our superiority rapidly declining compared to potential competitors. Mr. Hoglund is helping lead a campaign to reenergize naval energetics RDT&E to ensure the Department of Defense intelligently invests in systems that will keep our nation safe for the future.  He brings a lengthy history of government S&T and R&D program management for multiple DoD and executive branch clients.  Mr. Hoglund earned his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a MS in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University.


Chris Haliday is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  He joined CETO in June 2012.

Mr. Haliday possesses extensive leadership and management experience in military logistics and operations, both at the staff level and in the field. During his 28-year active duty Marine Corps career, he served in a range of service, joint and combined assignments, including company, battalion and installation command, as well as with the logistic plans and policy staffs of Headquarters Marine Corps, U. S. Central Command and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. His strengths cover the areas of multifunctional logistics, particularly relating to support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operations; transportation and distribution operations; strategic planning and policy development; force structure analysis, design and planning; and installation management, including base operating support, public works, physical security, community services and military support to civil authorities.

Mr. Haliday’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, master's degree in Security Studies from the Marine Corps University and additional graduate work in International Economic Relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

    Mr. J.D. Canty is a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities.  Mr. Sparks joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Fellow at CETO in August of 2008.  Mr. Canty conducts research in support of Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate / Commanding General Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. 

     Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Canty served over 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. His major assignments included squadron and group command, Director of the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University, MAGTF planner at II MEF G-5, and PACOM Area Officer, Information Operations and Special Technical Operations, J-3, Joint Staff.  He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Middlesex Polytechnic, Potters Bar, Enfield, London, U.K.  Additionally, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, receiving a Master’s in Military Studies, and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. where he received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.

     Mr. Canty has extensive experience in Marine Corps and Joint operations, wargaming and case study development. 

Mr. Dailey is a Research Fellow in the Concepts and Analyses Division.  He served in the Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Officer, performing in command and staff assignments both in Fleet units as well as in the supporting establishment over a 22 year career.

Upon military retirement, Mr. Dailey entered industry supporting several U. S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps programs.  As a system engineer, he supported the Navy’s AEGIS/Theater Air and Missile Defense program, and supported the U. S. Marine Corps’ air command and control directorate at Marine Corps Systems Command.  Before joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Dailey supported the Marine Corps’ Warfighting Laboratory Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Division as a subject matter expert in urban operations and irregular warfare.  He now supports U. S. Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command.

Mr. Dailey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Communication from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University, and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, as well as the Armed Forces Staff College.  He is an Enterprise Architect as certified by California State University-East Bay and the FEAC Institute.

DriestLieutenant Colonel Charles Driest, USMC (Ret.) is a Research Fellow assigned to the TECOM (Training and Education Command) at the US Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia.

Lt. Col. Driest has over 29 years of experience in Marine Corps Operations, Studies and Analysis and personnel management, including six years as an instructor on the Operational Level of War. He served overseas in several high-risk posts, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Observer to the US Embassy in Nicaragua; Future Operations Officer for all Marine Forces (MARFOR) for Operation Restore Hope/ Provide Comfort in Somalia; and Executive Officer of F-Company, MSG Bn (State Department), responsible for all US embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps in 1994, LtCol Driest was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Lt. Col.  Driest also has over 15 years of experience in the private sector in program management, modeling and simulation wargame design, and multinational information services.  He was formerly employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as the Exercise Team Leader for the Synthetic Theater of War (STOW), a DARPA project. He also held a position with MITRE as the Project Lead for Multinational Information Services (MNIS),  a  program designed to increase information sharing with Allies, Coalition Forces, and Communities of Interest (COIs).

Lt. Col. Driest’s awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (With 2 Stars), National Defense Service Medal (With Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (With Star), and USMC Security Guard Ribbon.

Dr. Bill Powers is a research fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), a think tank dedicated to identifying, examining, and determining solutions to emerging national security threats in support of Marine Corps operating forces. He has over 30 years experience in executive level management and aviation operations.

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Dr. Powers served as the Deputy Director of the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned in Quantico, Virginia. His active duty service includes 33 years as an enlisted Marine and as a Marine Corps officer, commanding a battalion (acting), a squadron, and a group. He served as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow assigned to the first Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group, as a Marine Corps Service Planner, and as the Deputy Director of the MAGTF Staff Training Program.

Dr. Powers has a dual BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Central Florida, an MS in Business Administration from Boston University, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

His research areas include Marine Corps aviation issues, both air (UAS) and ground (UGS) unmanned systems (UMS), the Caucasus and Central Asia, the interagency process, science and technology issues, and a Marine Corps enterprise called Commercial Hunter.

Gordon O'Neill, Research Fellow, CETO

 Jack Sparks serves within the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  


The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ballston Metro Center Office Towers
901 North Stuart Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203
Tel 703.525.0770

Click here for map  

Our Mission

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.


Follow Us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter Connect with us on LinkedIn  See us on YouTube