NMSU engineering alumnus appointed to President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced that he will appoint General Lester Lyles to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Lyles received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from New Mexico State University.


General Lester Lyles, NMSU engineering alumnus, has been appointed to President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

Others receiving this appointment are:
• Roel Campos, Partner In Charge, Washington, D.C., Cooley, Godward and Kronish
• Lee Hamilton, President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,
• Rita Hauser, President of The Hauser Foundation
• Paul Kaminski, Chairman and CEO of Technovation
• Ellen Laipson. President and CEO of the Stimson Center
• Jami Miscik, President and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates

President Obama said, “Throughout its history, this distinguished board has been used by each President to examine and address the most pressing intelligence challenges that face our nation. A significant component of our national security is dependent on the health and capability of the intelligence community to identify and effectively deal with current threats and those on the horizon. I am deeply grateful that these individuals have agreed to serve our country by offering their independent, unbiased guidance to me on a range of important intelligence issues. I look forward to receiving their expert counsel in the coming months and years.”

Lester L. Lyles is the Vice Chairman of the Defense Science Board. He is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He chaired the Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program sponsored by the National Academies of Science and Engineering. Prior to this, he served as an officer in the Air Force for 35 years until his retirement as a general in 2003. From 1993 to 1994, Lyles was assigned as the Vice Commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and then commanded the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base until 1996. Afterwards, he became the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization until his re-assignment as Vice Chief of Staff at the Air Force Headquarters in 1999. In 2000, Lyles became the Commander of the Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio where he conducted research, development, tests and evaluations, acquisition management services and logistics support for the Air Force. Lyles has received many awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was also named Astronautics Engineer of the Year by the National Space Club and received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for outstanding contributions to military equal opportunity policies and programs from the NAACP. Lyles earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, a Master’s in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering from New Mexico State University through the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the National War College, and the National and International Security Management Course at Harvard University. He has honorary Doctorates from New Mexico State University and Urbana University.

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