Advisory Board

Paul Kaminski

Paul KaminskiDr. Paul G. Kaminski is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technovation, Inc., a consulting company dedicated to fostering innovation and the development and application of advanced technology. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Kaminski served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. In this position, he was responsible for all matters relating to DOD acquisition, including research and development, procurement, acquisition reform, dual-use technology, and the defense technology and industrial base. Prior to 1994, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Strategies and Alliances, a technology oriented investment banking and consulting firm. Dr. Kaminski also has served as Chairman of the Defense Science Board and as a consultant and advisor to many government agencies. He currently chairs the boards of the Rand Corporation, Exostar, and HRL (formerly Hughes Research Labs). Dr. Kaminski is also a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics, Bay Microsystems, CoVant Technologies, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and the USAFA Endowment.

Dr. Kaminski holds a B.S. from the Air Force Academy, M.S. degrees in both Aeronautics and Astronautics and in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, including the National Medal of Technology, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the 2002 U.S. Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate Award.

Paul Kern

Paul KernGeneral Paul Kern, US Army (Ret) served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AM General from August 2008 through January 2010 and is currently a Director with LGS Innovations and a member of the CoVant Board of Managers. After serving almost 38 years with the US Army, he has held the Class of 1950 Chair for Advanced Technology at West Point, was a Vice President for Battelle, and a Director on the Anteon, ITT, EDO, Exelis and iRobot Corporation boards.

General Kern retired from the US Army as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command. The command of more than 50,000 personnel has worldwide responsibility for supply and maintenance support to the Department of Defense, manages the Army depot system, and conducts research for all the ground and rotary wing equipment. In June 2004, the Secretary of Defense tapped General Kern to lead the military’s internal investigation into the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a compelling assignment that he handled with integrity and resolve. Previously he served four years as the Department of the Army Military Deputy for Research, Development and Acquisition. In 1996-97 he was the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Mechanized, where they developed the organization, tactics, techniques, and equipment implemented in today’s networked force. From 1993 to 1996 he was the Senior Military Assistant for Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and played a key role in International deliberations in South America, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and the Balkans. In 1991 he led the 2nd Brigade of the 24th Infantry Division in the attack into Iraq. He began his career commanding operational units as a platoon leader and troop commander in the Blackhorse Regiment in Vietnam.

General Kern graduated from West Point in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds Master Degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He was a National Security Fellow at the J.F. Kennedy School, Harvard University and is currently a member of the Defense Science Board.


James W. Dunn

photo_dunn-jamesJames (Jim) Dunn is a senior defense and manufacturing executive with over 35 years of global, high-level engineering leadership and business development experience in the electronics systems technology and avionics industries.  Jim currently serves as an Executive-in-Residence at Warburg Pincus LLC, a New York based private equity firm.   Most recently, Jim was President and COO of the Electronics Systems group at L-3 Communications, a $3.8 billion international enterprise that encompassed seven subgroups including 43 business units and 12,000 employees.  Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President and President and COO of L-3 Communications, Sensors and Simulation Group which was organized into four strategic business sectors: EO/IR, Precisions Engagement, Undersea Warfare and Simulation and Training.  Jim was first recruited to L-3 by his former mentor Frank Lanza in 2000 as President of Link Simulation and Training.  Prior to joining L-3, Jim served as President of Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems. Preceding this appointment, he served as President of Lockheed Martin Defense Systems Group and Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems. He joined Lockheed as part of the LORAL acquisition where he served in many engineering and management roles for almost 20 years.

He is on the board of Extant Aerospace, a licensing, obsolescence management and sustainment services company for aerospace avionics, electronics and electromechanical products. He is also on the board of Corfin Industries and a strategic advisor to Inoveering LLC. In 2013 he founded and is the President of Principatus, an Engineering and Management services company.Jim holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and has been through an MBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business.