President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection
John R. Powers
Dr. Powers served as a Commissioner and the Executive Director of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection and had the lead in formulating the National Structures recommendations adopted by the National Security Council. As a continuation of these efforts, but with a much different focus, he is establishing a private sector enterprise to combat the increasing threat of corporate disruption -- losses in productivity, corruption of information systems, even physical harm to employees -- losses that result from unhappy employees and unaddressed internal conflicts.
Dr. Powers joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1983. From January 1993 to January 1995, he served as the Director of Region V in Chicago, Illinois, and had responsibility for the Federal response to the "Great Midwest Flood" in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. From January 1995 to July 1996, he organized the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the Agency. Earlier at FEMA, he headed the Office of Civil Preparedness and then the Office of Federal Preparedness.
From 1978 to 1983, Dr. Powers was with the Department of Energy. In 1978, as the Director of Research and Development Strategies, he served first as the Executive Director for the Interagency Review Group on Nuclear Waste management and prepared the report to President Jimmy Carter on that subject. During 1980-81, Dr. Powers served as Executive Director of the "Interim" Alternative Fuels Program and was responsible for the award of seven billion dollars to stimulate new alternative energy projects. He later served as the Director of Research and Technical Assessment in the Office of Energy Research.
During 1972 to 1978, Dr. Powers served as a consultant to the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Administration, and the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). During this period, he conducted assessments of advanced weapons systems, prepared the ERDA Electric Utility Study and developed the National Coal Model.
In 1954, at the age of 19, he entered the U.S. Naval Flight Training program and upon completion was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. After leaving active duty in 1958, he continued in the Marine Corps Reserve. As a reservist, he commanded an A4 squadron at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and later, in Washington, developed the concept and managed preparation of the Marine Corps Mobilization Management Plan and the DOD Master Mobilization Plan.
Dr. Powers holds a B.S. degree from Columbia University, a M. Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.