The Department of Defense today announced the appointments of Dr. Paul Kaminski as chairman of the Defense Science Board for a term effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2011, and retired Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles as vice chairman for a term effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2010.
Dr. Kaminski is chairman and chief executive officer of Technovation, Inc. as well as chairman of the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees. His previous government experience includes service as the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from October 1994 to May 1997. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2006.
Gen. Lyles is currently an independent consultant. He served as the 27th vice chief of staff of the United States Air Force from 1999 to 2000 and as commander of Air Force Materiel Command from April 2000 to August 2003.
The Defense Science Board is the senior advisory body in the Department of Defense. It is composed of members appointed from the private sector, and advises the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) on scientific, technical, manufacturing, and other matters of special importance to the Department.