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DOD - 414 - Defense Science Board - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameDefense Science BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number414
Original Establishment Date12/31/1956Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://dsb.cto.mil/
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*50
Current Charter Date5/6/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, Defense Science Board, OUSD(AT&L), 3140 Defense Pentagon,Rm 3B888A, Washington, DC 20301-3140
Date Of Renewal Charter5/6/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kevin
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Doxey
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Defense DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 571-0079
Effective Date Of Authority*6/26/1978Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 697-1860
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*kevin.a.doxey.civ@mail.mil
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The DSB advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and/or the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)); on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Defense through briefings and reports.
How is membership balanced?*The Defense Science Board, composed of members designated from civilian life by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, makes recommendations on issues in areas such as scientific, technical, manufacturing, and matters of special interest to the Department of Defense. The Board is comprised of a balanced group of senior appointees representing a broad spectrum of the industrial, manufacturing, academic, and scientific communities who are recognized authorities in their fields of expertise. The Board consists of a core membership of 44 members augmented by ad hoc consultants who serve as special government employees on designated Task Forces, and non voting members who serve as chairs of various advisory boards.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board meets three to four times per year. The majority of indepth investigation is accomplished by DSB Task Forces which usually meet once a month to accumulate data for the final report. The Task Forces are chartered by a Terms of Reference issued by USD(R&E).
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense determined that the independent advice on broad scientific and technical issues provided by the Board cannot be obtained from any other DoD advisory committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines the items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of Title 5 U.S.C., Section 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and only after consultation with the Office of the DoD General Council .
Recommendation RemarksNumerous management and programmatic changes adopted by OSD and the Military Departments are based on briefings from the DBS.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentDSB recommendations often deal with new concepts and capabilites. Quite often, after additional study, DoD attempts to incorporate those concepts and capabilites that it finds relevant to its mission. Interest in previous studies remains strong.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAll Board members serve without compensation. The Defense Science Board possesses 44 members. The cost of acquiring and paying for the services of individuals possessing their level of expertise would total approximately $2.5 - $4.5 million per year. The savings arising from using volunteers pales in comparison to the improved performance DoD experiences from implementing recommendations made by the Board. Some performance improvements achieve real savings and some achieve cost avoidance. At other times, recommendations may call for obtaining new capability to counter new threats. The total savings is impossible to determine due to the complex mix of savings, avoidance and increased capability.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,854Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe DSB existed before FACA. The number of recommendations is approximate.

In FY20 the DSB issued 60 recommendations
Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDSB recommendations often deal with new concepts and capabilites. Quite often, after additional study, DoD attempts to incorporate those concepts and capabilites that it finds relevant to its mission. Interest in previous studies remains strong.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*75.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn FY 2019, the DSB published eight reports. Recommendations across all of these activities influence the Department and are still under deliberation. DSB recommendations often deal with new concepts and capabilities. Quite often, after additional study, DoD attempts to incorporate those concepts and capabilities that it finds relevant to its mission. Interest in previous studies remains strong.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The DSB requests comment from interested parties when issuing a report. Comments are published when received.Narrative Description*The DSB advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and/or the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)); on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Defense.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$685,403.92Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$600,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$135,149.52Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$150,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$123.62Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$2,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$8,504.22Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$10,000.00
Other Costs$2,922,676.45Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,500,000.00
Total Costs$3,751,857.73Est. Total Next FY*$3,262,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.00
Cost RemarksCosts in FY20 were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As numerous meetings were cancelled due to stay at home orders and social distancing requirements, costs in FY20 are lower than expected. The DSB uses ad hoc consultants to supplement fact-finding for the DSB membership.Est Cost RemarksCosts in FY21 may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic if meetings are unable to be held.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Engineering
Aviation
Aviation
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Materials Research
Microbiology
Physics
Business
Industry
Manufacturing
Computer Technology
Applications
Computers
Information Technology
Internet
Semiconductors
Systems Engineering
Technology
Data
Data Integrity
Data Quality
Education
Education
Emergency
Disaster Assistance
Energy
Energy
Nuclear Power
Environment
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Food and Drugs
Biotechnology
Government
Federal Government
Health
Biodefense
Radiation Protection
Safety
International
International Organizations
Labor
Employment
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
Research
Basic Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Space
Space and Aeronautics
Trade
Exports and Imports
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036397Task Force on 21st Century Industrial Base for National Defense2020
 COM-032295Task Force on Applications of Quantum Technologies2020
 COM-032468Task Force on Counter Autonomy2020
 COM-036393Task Force on DoD Dependencies on Critical Infrastructure2020
 COM-032314Task Force on Elements of Resilient Space Architecture2020
 COM-036392Task Force on Ensuring Microelectronics Superiority2020
 COM-032473Task Force on Gaming, Exercising, Modeling, and Simulation2020
 COM-036395Task Force on Homeland Air Defense2020
 COM-036394Task Force on Internet of Things: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities2020
 COM-036396Task Force on Position, Navigation, and Timing Control2020
 COM-030872Task Force on Strategic Directions2020
 COM-032474Task Force on Strengthening Counterintelligence Capabilities Against the "Insider" Threat2020
Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035722Defense Science Board2019
 COM-033083Defense Science Board2018
 COM-001394Defense Science Board2017
 COM-002847Defense Science Board2016
 COM-003542Defense Science Board2015
 COM-005041Defense Science Board2014
 COM-005635Defense Science Board2013
 COM-007165Defense Science Board2012
 COM-007743Defense Science Board2011
 COM-009320Defense Science Board2010
 COM-009808Defense Science Board2009
 COM-011185Defense Science Board2008
 COM-011655Defense Science Board2007
 COM-013107Defense Science Board2006
 COM-013559Defense Science Board2005
 COM-014969Defense Science Board2004
 COM-015476Defense Science Board2003
 COM-016972Defense Science Board2002
 COM-017401Defense Science Board2001
 COM-018959Defense Science Board2000
 COM-019337Defense Science Board1999
 COM-020927Defense Science Board1998
 COM-021240Defense Science Board1997