William C. Bowes
Member of the Board of Visitors
William C. Bowes is a retired Vice Admiral, an experienced industry executive, and a highly decorated combat pilot. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2003 and is now working as an aerospace consultant. He has extensive experience in both the government and industry in executive leadership and program management.
As a Vice Admiral he served as Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA), and the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for RDA.
William Bowes is a retired Navy Vice Admiral, having served 33 years in the Navy in numerous operational and acquisition assignments. As a Vice Admiral he served as the Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA), and the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for RDA.
As a Naval Aviator he commanded an A-7E squadron, flew 350 combat missions during the Viet Nam conflict and has flown over 5000 hrs in more than 50 different US and foreign military aircraft types. He is an accomplished test pilot and program manager. He served as the program manager for the F-14 and Phoenix missile program, the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, which developed and deployed the Tomahawk missile, and was the first director of DOD’s Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Project.
After retiring from the Navy, Bowes joined Hughes Aircraft as a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of the newly forming Sensors and Communications Sector. After Hughes was acquired by Raytheon, Bowes joined Litton Industries as the Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning, and subsequently led the creation of the Military Aircraft Electronics Systems business unit after Litton was acquired by Northrop Grumman.
Since retiring from Northrop Grumman he has worked as a consultant and director on a number of public and non profit company and organization boards.
Mr. Bowes serves as a director on the boards of Steven Myers & Associates (SM&A), Omega Aerial Refueling Services, Cobham Sparta, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, and the board of a local non profit corporation. He is a fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and has received numerous awards during his career, including the AIAA National Quality Management Award, the SETP Doolittle Aerospace Management Excellence Award, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirty-six Air Medals and eight Navy Commendation Medals.
Bowes holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Idaho, an MS in systems acquisition management from the Navy Postgraduate School, and he is a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School and a fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is a certified director from the UCLA Anderson School.