Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. "The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society, providing in particular, an academic forum for the study of related policy issues. From these discussions and forums ... [the Institute developes] meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government. [1]

The Institute's current endeavors have required the formation of special efforts in:

  • Terrorism and asymmetry
  • Emerging threats and opportunities
  • National health policies
  • Science and technology forecasting
  • National security

Homeland Defense

In January 2001, the Institute received a $175,000 grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation to conduct a study entitled "Assessing Technologies for Biological Terrorism Consequence Management":

"David Siegrist will examine the capability of homeland defense policies to protect against the threat of biological weapons terrorism. He will research emerging consequence management technologies and convene expert panels to make recommendations regarding investment in research and development. The project will result in published policy papers and briefings for policy makers."

Research from this project, at least in part, resulted in the PIPS report "Advanced Technology Needs for Consequence Management of Biological Terrorism" (14-page Executive Summary), which was published on October 15, 1999.

Other Projects

In May 2008, the Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the Institute an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) Prime Contract "to provide a wide range of engineering, technical and programmatic services." Contract Number: N00178-08-D-5548 has a $58 billion ceiling.

Reference: Sea Port-e, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies website, accessed September 2010.

Academic Centers

The Institute supports a variety of government offices including the:

Additionally, the Institute's web site provides links to Publications, many of which can be downloaded in .pdf format.


Board of Directors

Past board members (circa 2006)

Board of Regents

  • Thomas O'Leary, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Programs
  • Gail Clifford, CPA, MBA, Vice President for Financial Management and Chief Financial Officer

Reference: Profiles: Board of Directors (accessed September 2010).

Board of Regents



The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703 525-0770
Fax: 703 525-0299
Website: http://www.potomacinstitute.org

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