Bill Greenwalt

American Enterprise Institute
Non-resident Senior Fellow
Virtual April 2022 Procurement Division Meeting

William C. Greenwalt is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the expansion of America’s defense industrial base and defense management issues. Issues include technology-transfer reform, defense acquisition and procurement reform, technology policy and innovation, and the civil-military integration of US and allied commercial and defense industrial bases. Dr. Greenwalt is also a founder of the Silicon Valley Defense Group.

Before rejoining AEI, Dr. Greenwalt served in senior positions at the Department of Defense, in Congress, and in the defense industry. As deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy, he advised the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics on all matters relating to the defense industrial base. In Congress, he served as a senior staff member for the Senate Armed Service Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee. In the private sector, Dr. Greenwalt worked for Lockheed Martin and the Aerospace Industries Association.

Dr. Greenwalt has a BA in economics and political science from California State University, Long Beach, an MA in international relations and defense and security studies from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in public policy from the University of Maryland.


Atlantic Council: Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, 2017–20
Senate Armed Services Committee: Professional Staff Member, 2015–17; 1999–2006
American Enterprise Institute: Visiting Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, 2013–15
Aerospace Industries Association: Vice President, Acquisition Policy, 2012–13
House Appropriations Committee: Deputy Director, Surveys and Investigations, 2011–12
Lockheed Martin Corporation: Director, Federal Acquisition Policy, 2009–11
US Department of Defense: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2006–09
Senate Governmental Affairs Committee: Professional Staff Member, 1997–99; Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, 1994–97