The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Mr. Eric Womble, and Dr. Lawrence Delaney Join Decision Sciences' Board of Directors

Sep 22, 2009, 07:00 ET from Decision Sciences

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to accelerate growth and leverage the technological advances of their homeland security products, Decision Sciences International Corporation (Decision Sciences) has added the Hon. Jay M. Cohen, former Undersecretary for Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security; Mr. Eric Womble, Vice President of the Advanced Capabilities Group for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding; and Dr. Lawrence Delaney, former Acting Secretary of the Air Force, to the Decision Sciences' Board of Directors.

"Our three new board members bring extensive front line homeland security, government and industry experience to Decision Sciences. We are incredibly fortunate to have the expertise of these talented leaders on our board," said Robert Whalen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Decision Sciences.

"I look forward to working with Decision Sciences' board members to help shape the direction of the company as it continues to tackle the nation's biggest homeland security challenges and opportunities," said Mr. Womble.

"Decision Sciences is developing tools that can prevent the entry of shielded nuclear materials into the U.S. Our products have the potential to save lives," Whalen said. "A high-quality board of directors is a key strategic priority for Decision Sciences and these men are ideal choices. I couldn't be more pleased to have their assistance. Their familiarity with the sector and technology will be extremely valuable for all of Decision Sciences' stakeholders."

"Decision Sciences is developing innovative security products urgently needed throughout the world," said Admiral Cohen. "I am honored to be involved in bringing this solution to the market."

Decision Sciences' Chairman of the Board is Dr. Gene W. Ray, former CEO of the Titan Corporation. Also serving on the board is Dr. Christopher Lehman, former Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy at the Department of State and founder of Commonwealth Consulting.

Hon. Jay M. Cohen Biography

Hon. Cohen joins Decision Sciences after a 38-year career with the U.S. Navy and, most recently, the Department of Homeland Security. Following his retirement from the Navy in 2006 with the rank of Rear Admiral, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as Undersecretary for Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS S&T). In two short years Hon. Cohen transformed DHS S&T. Hon. Cohen's leadership and the people and programs he put in place are a success story that is captured in Hill testimony, press articles, international partnerships, and a National Geographic TV special "Hi-Tech War on Terror" documenting the high-risk/high-gain innovation portfolio Hon. Cohen put in place to make the nation safer.

Prior to his role with DHS, Hon. Cohen held positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Navy. In 2000, he became the 20th Chief of Naval Research. He was the longest serving CNR, serving for nearly six years during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Department of the Navy's Chief Technology Officer, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program and coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet war fighter combat needs. From 1999 to 2000, he acted as Director of the Navy Y2K Project, the organization responsible for transitioning all Navy computer systems into the 21st century. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral following four years as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. His first Flag officer assignment was as Deputy Director for Operations for the Joint Staff, responsible to the President and Department of Defense leaders for strategic weapons release authority. His earlier Navy assignments included service on conventional and nuclear submarines.

Hon. Cohen holds a Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a joint Ocean Engineering degree from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was commissioned into the Navy in 1968 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy.

Mr. Thurston Eric Womble Biography

Eric Womble joined Northrop Grumman in 2002 and currently serves as Vice President of the Advanced Capabilities Group for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. He leads the research, strategic planning, technology and new business development efforts for the shipbuilding sector which has $6 billion in annual sales. Previously he served as Vice President for Large Deck Amphibious Ship Programs and as Vice President, Programs in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for business and strategic development with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and international customers.

Mr. Womble has over 23 years of experience serving in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the United States federal government. He became the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi (R), in 1995, and concurrently assumed the duties of National Security Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader in April 1997.

Mr. Womble was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980. He was selected for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern Program in Washington, D.C. and was then assigned to the Program Resource Appraisal Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP81). Concurrently, he earned an MBA from Marymount College of Virginia and served as a White House Social Aide for President Ronald Reagan. Eric Womble was born in Bethesda, Maryland and holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy.

Dr. Lawrence Delaney Biography

Dr. Delaney, former Acting Secretary of the Air Force, is a senior executive specializing in space and missile systems, information systems, propulsion systems and environmental technology. He retired from his position as Vice President of Special Programs at L-3 Communications in 2005. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations and President and CEO of the Advanced Systems Development Sector of the Titan Corporation. Dr. Delaney was Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Arete Associates from 2001-2003. He was Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) and Chief Information Officer from May 1999 to January 2001. Dr. Delaney held the position of Acting Secretary of the Air Force from January 20, 2001 until June 1, 2001.

Dr. Delaney received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work on the Army Science Board (1981-1988). In 2001, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. He has authored numerous articles in research and engineering journals. He recently served as Chairman of the National Academies (NAS) Air Force Studies Board and currently serves as a member of the NAS Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Acquisition Committee, and as Vice Chairman of the Army Science Board. Dr. Delaney chairs the NAS SOCOM study on Universal RF Systems. Dr. Delaney is a member of the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University. He currently serves as Chairman and Board Member on several high technology companies. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Decision Sciences

Decision Sciences is a privately-held company providing advanced security and detection systems to protect the global community from the threat of nuclear terrorism. The centerpiece of our effort is the MT Scanner(TM), a passive scanning system that uses proprietary muon tomography technology to accurately detect bare, shielded and masked nuclear threats. The MT Scanner is designed to improve the safety and effectiveness of cargo and vehicle scanning operations around the globe.

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