Vice Admiral William “Bill” Landay (USN, Ret.) is a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies where he provides extensive expertise in the areas of Naval Operations, Defense Acquisition, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) /International sales, and the transition of Science and Technology (S&T) into production programs.

VADM Landay completed 35 years of distinguished service as a Naval officer in 2013. His operational assignments included Commanding Officer of USS Aquila (PHM 4) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) as well as assignments at the U.S. Transportation Command and the Secretary of the Navy Staff. As a Flag Officer he served as the Program Executive Officer for the acquisition and support of Littoral and Mine Warfare programs, as the 21st Chief of Naval Research responsible for all Science and Technology (S&T) Programs for the Navy and Marine Corps, and as the Program Executive Officer for Ships responsible for the acquisition of all non-nuclear ships. His final assignment was as Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency where he provided leadership, management, and oversight for a diverse portfolio of security cooperation and partner capacity building programs across the entire DoD with a value of almost $400 billion.

VADM Landay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Academy, a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology (C4I) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. 


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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.


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