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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced today the establishment of the Department of the Navy’s Science and Technology Board (DON STB) federal advisory committee.
The board will provide independent advice and counsel to the Department of the Navy (DON) on matters and policies relating to scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition, logistics, medicine and business management functions.
Consistent with the guidance directed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for the governance of independent advisory boards, the DON looked to the nation’s talented, innovative private and public sector leaders, whose services will provide a more diverse and inclusive perspective that promotes variety in background, experience, and thought in support of the Board’s mission.
The DON STB includes national security leaders who have served as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, White House Director for Cybersecurity, and Chief Naval Architect. It includes industry executives with both technology and manufacturing expertise, as well as noted thought leaders from national research universities and University-Affiliated Research Center Laboratories.
Secretary Austin appointed former Secretary of the Navy Dr. Richard Danzig to serve as the Chair of the DON STB. The Honorable Danzig brings more than 40 years of experience as an expert on national security and intelligence strategy. He has a proven record of achieving high levels of organizational productivity and efficiency and is a recognized leader in the integration of technical, operational and strategic perspectives. He served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001 and as the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. He has been a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Defense Policy Board. From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, the Honorable Danzig was a senior advisor to then-Senator Obama on national security issues.
The Board will host its first meeting Sep. 22, 2023. This partially closed meeting will include classified discussions on topics tasked by Secretary Del Toro.
The Vice Chair of the DON STB will be Mr. Howard Fireman, former Chief Naval Architect of the Navy. The Board’s Designated Federal Official will be Ms. Maria Proestou, a former industry executive highly qualified expert serving as strategic acquisition advisor to the Department of the Navy.
DON STB Members in addition to the Honorable Danzig and Mr. Fireman are:
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HASC, SASC and Congressional testimony
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