Robert J. Powers

Executive Principal Analyst

Dr. Powers has over thirty years’ experience as an aerospace systems analyst. His early career in aerospace engineering involved the development and testing of rocket motors, where he gained considerable expertise in test and evaluation (T&E) and infrared engineering. His later work, after transitioning to aerospace systems analysis, has involved a wide range of technologies and disciplines. This work, spanning over 20 years, includes: booster/interceptor modeling, reliability analysis and trade studies; sensor modeling—EO (Pan and IR, FLIR, IRST, LADAR) and RF (Doppler Radars and SAR); modeling and assessment of airborne and overhead architectures: platforms, orbits, and sensor performance; experimental design and analysis applied to both M&S and T&E; as well as information science: value and utility assessment, plus information fusion using Bayesian networks. For ten years, he worked as an image scientist in support of an intelligence community quality-control center. This work involved designing image quality assessments and developing quality and utility metrics both standard imagery and Full-Spectrum GEOINT (FSG) products. His more recent work involves modeling sensor discrimination performance in support of overhead architecture trade studies; in related work, he has been investigating techniques to task sensors based upon uncertainty reduction and potential information value. Dr. Powers also developed and teaches the GeoNetica course module in IDI’s Bayesian net course.


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1982
B.S., Chemistry, University of Dayton, 1970

Air Command and Staff College, May 1992

Selected Publications and Presentations

Bresnahan, P. C; Powers, R. J.; and Henry-Vazquez, Luis; “WorldView-3 and GeoEye-1 Geolocation Accuracy and Band Co-Registration Analysis,” 15th Annual Civil and Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop sponsored by JACIE, Fort Worth, TX, 11-13 Apr 2016.

Powers, Robert, “An FSG Product: Tracking and Trending of Production Quality*,” a presentation and paper given at national classified conference, Dec 2009. 

Powers, Robert J. and Mauro, Louis, “Experimental Design and Analysis (ExDA) Applied to Simulation: Satellite Coverage Example,” presentation to the Chief of InnoVisions FIRE Program, Feb 2005.  

Powers, Robert, “Utility of Bayesian Nets in War Games,” a presentation and demonstration, Millennium Challenge War Game, 2002.  

Powers, Robert, “Fundamentals of Radar for Operations Research Analysts: A Primer,” a Monograph, 25 pages, Nov 1999. 

Powers, LtCol Robert J, “Value of Modeling and Simulation in the Development and Management of Automated Information Systems: Minimizing, Risk, Cost, and Schedule Impact,” a report prepared for the Chief of Review, Test, and Evaluation, Defense Logistics Agency, 68 pages, October 1997.

*Surrogate Unclassified Title

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