The Department of Defense announced today the appointment of 39 new Defense Science Board members and 12 DSB senior fellows. These men and women are leaders in their fields of science, technology, industry and fields that relate directly to the Department and military services. They join the previously announced DSB Chairman, Paul G. Kaminski and Vice Chairman, Retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles.
The Defense Science Board, a federal advisory board, provides the secretary, deputy secretary and under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics with independent, informed advice and opinion on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Defense.
“Secretary of Defense Gates believes the DSB needs to be a professional board representing the best scientific and expert advice available to the Department of Defense,” said Ashton B. Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. “We are grateful to these superb individuals for their willingness to serve.”
The DSB was established in 1956 as a standing committee to advise top Pentagon leadership on “the needs and opportunities presented by new scientific knowledge for radically new weapons systems” and has evolved to develop and strengthen the department’s research and development strategies for the 21st Century though their reports.