William C. Bowes
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 Vietnam conflict and has flown over 5,000 hours in more than 50 different United States 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 programs, the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, which developed and deployed the Tomahawk cruise 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 of 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 served as a director on a number of public company, private company and non-profit boards. Bowes currently serves as a director on the boards of Cobham Defense Systems, R&F Products and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Bowes is the vice chairman of the Naval Research Advisory Committee. He is a fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), a member of the Golden Eagles, a member of the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame, and he 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 bachelor's in chemical engineering from U of I, a master's in systems acquisition management from the Navy Postgraduate School, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. He is a certified director from the Director Training and Certification Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.