Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired)

Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired)

General Paul J. Kern has an extremely distinguished record of service to our nation, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and service with the 24th Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. General Kern was Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He was also Commander of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense. At the conclusion of his military career, General Kern led the investigation into Abu Ghraib and continues to work with the Center for Victims of Torture.

General Kern, a native of West Orange, New Jersey, was commissioned in 1967 as an armor lieutenant following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned master’s degrees in both Mechanical and Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and was a Senior Fellow at the J.F. Kennedy School, Harvard University. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2007. He serves on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and recently held the Class of 1950 Chair for Advanced Technologies at West Point.

After retiring from the Army in 2005, General Kern became a Senior Counselor of The Cohen Group. He was President and COO for AM General (2008-2010), and a member of CNA’s Global Climate Change Military Advisory Board and Chaired their Energy Security Board. He has served on the Boards of EDO, Anteon, ITT, iRobot, and A-T Solutions, and is currently on the Covant LLC and LGS Innovations Boards. He is also a member of the Defense Science Board of the Department of Defense.