ASB Charter

Army Science Board Charter

  1. Committee’s Official Designation:   The Committee shall be known as the U.S. Army Science Board (“the Board”).

  2. Authority:   The Secretary of Defense, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C., Appendix) and 41 C.F.R. § 102-3.50(d), established this discretionary advisory committee.

  3. Objectives and Scope of Activities:   The Board shall provide independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to (a) the Army’s scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition, logistics, and business management functions; (b) environmental and water resource management issues involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), to include the Military Program and the Civil Works Program; and (c) other Department of the Army-related matters as determined by the Secretary of the Army.

  4. Description of Duties:   The Board shall provide the independent advice and recommendations on subject areas referenced in the previous paragraph.

    The Board is not established to advise on individual Department of the Army procurements, but instead shall be concerned with the pressing and complex technological problems facing the DoD in such areas as research, engineering, organizational structure and process, business and functional concepts, and manufacturing, and will ensure the identification of new technologies and new applications of technology in those areas to strengthen national security. No matter shall be assigned to the Board for its consideration that would require any Board member to participate personally and substantially in the conduct of any specific procurement or place him or her in the position of acting as a contracting or procurement official.

  5. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports:   The Board shall report to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense through the Secretary of the Army. In accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) policy and procedures, the Secretary of the Army, may act upon the Board’s advice and recommendations.

  6. Support:   The DoD, through the Department of the Army, provides support for the Board and shall ensure compliance with the requirements of the FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act (“the Sunshine Act”) (5 U.S.C. § 552b), governing Federal statutes and regulations, and DoD policy and procedures.

  7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years:   The estimated annual operating cost, to include travel, meetings, and contract support, is approximately $2,454,035.00. The estimated annual personnel cost to the DoD is 2.0 full-time equivalents.

  8. Designated Federal Officer:   The Board's Designated Federal Officer (DFO) shall be a full-time or permanent part-time DoD civilian officer or employee, or active duty member of the Armed Forces, designated in accordance with DoD policy and procedures.

    The Board's DFO is required to attend all Board and subcommittees meetings for the entire duration of each and every meeting. However, in the absence of the Board's DFO, a properly approved Alternate DFO, duly designated to the Board in accordance with DoD policy and procedures, must attend the entire duration of all Board and subcommittee meetings.

    The DFO, or the Alternate DFO, approves and calls all Board and subcommittee meetings; prepares and approves all meeting agendas; and adjourns any meeting when the DFO or Alternate DFO determines adjournment to be in the public’s interest or required by governing regulations or DoD policy and procedures.

  9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings:   The Board shall meet at the call of the Board’s DFO, in consultation with the Board’s Chair and the Secretary of the Army. The estimated number of Board meetings is four per year.

  10. Duration:   The need for this Board is on a continuing basis; however, this charter is subject to renewal every two years.

  11. Termination:   The Board shall terminate upon completion of its mission or two years from the date this charter is filed, whichever is sooner, unless the DoD renews the charter in accordance with DoD policy and procedures.

  12. Membership and Designation:   The Board shall be composed of no more than 20 members who are prominent authorities in one or more of the following disciplines and fields: science;, technology;, manufacturing; acquisition; logistics; business management functions; and natural (e.g., biology, ecology), social (e.g., anthropology, community planning), and related sciences; and other matters of special interest to the Department of theArmy.

    The appointment of Board members will be approved by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Chief Management Officer of the Department of the Defense (“the DoD Appointing Authorities”), for a term of service of one-to-four years, with annual renewals, in accordance with DoD policy and procedures. No member, unless approved by the DoD Appointing Authorities, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the Board, to include its subcommittees, or serve on more than two DoD Federal advisory committees at one time. Board members who are not full-time nor permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Armed Forces, shall be appointed as experts or consultants pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 3109 to serve as special government employee (SGE) members. Board members who are full-time or permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Armed Forces, shall be appointed pursuant to 41 C.F.R. §102- 3.130(a) to serve as regular government employee (RGE) members. Board members are appointed to provide advice on behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflicts of interest.

    The DoD Appointing Authorities shall appoint the Board’s leadership from among the membership The DoD Appointing Authorities shall appoint the Board’s leadership from among the membership previously appointed to the Board in accordance with DoD policy and procedures, for a one-to-two year term of service, with annual renewal, which shall not exceed the member’s approved Board appointment Except for reimbursement of official Board-related travel and per diem, Board members serve without compensation.

  13. Subcommittees:   The DoD, when necessary and consistent with the Board’s mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish subcommittees, task forces, or working groups to support the Board. Establishment of subcommittees shall be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference (ToR), by the DoD Appointing Authorities or the Secretary of the Army, as the Board’s Sponsor. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of the FACA, the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and DoD policy and procedures. If a subcommittee’s duration, as determined by its ToR, exceeds that of the Board’s charter and, the DoD does not renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    Subcommittees shall not work independently of the Board and shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the Board for its thorough deliberation and discussion at properly noticed and open Board meeting, subject to the Sunshine Act. Subcommittees, tasks forces, or working groups have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the Board. No subcommittee or any of its members may provide updates or report, verbally or in writing, directly to the DoD or to any Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Armed Forces. If a majority of Board members are appointed to a particular subcommittee, then that subcommittee may be required to operate pursuant to the same notice and openness requirements of the FACA which govern the Board’s operations. renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    Individual appointments to serve on Board subcommittees shall be approved by the DoD Appointing Authorities for a term of service of one-to-four years, with annual renewals, in accordance with DoD policy and procedures. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the subcommittee, unless approved by the DoD Appointing Authorities. Subcommittee members who are not full-time nor permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Armed Forces, shall be appointed as experts or consultants pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 3109 to serve as SGE members. Subcommittee members who are full-time or permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Armed Forces, shall be appointed pursuant to 41 C.F.R. §102-3.130(a) to serve as RGE members. renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    The DoD Appointing Authorities shall appoint the subcommittee leadership from among the membership previously appointed to serve on the subcommittee in accordance with DoD policy and procedures, for a one-to-two year term of service, with annual renewal, which shall not exceed the member’s approved subcommittee appointment. renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    Each subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflicts of interest. renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    With the exception of reimbursement of travel and per diem related to the Board or its subcommittees, subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. renew the Board’s charter, then the subcommittee shall terminate when the Board does.

    Currently, the Secretary of the Army has approved five permanent subcommittees to the Board. All work performed by these subcommittees will be sent to the Board for its thorough deliberation and discussion at a properly noticed and open meeting, subject to the Sunshine Act.

    1. Army Science Board Basic Science and Disruptive Technologies Subcommittee:   Composed of not more than 15 members, having the same balance requirements as the Board, to address issues and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Army's basic research and disruptive technologies, including Soldier performance enhancement, cognition improvement, and training; autonomous systems and human-machine teaming; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE); and counter Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    2. Army Science Board Chief of Engineers’ Environmental Advisory Board Subcommittee:   Composed of not more than 10 members who are eminent authorities in the fields of natural, social, and related sciences to address issues and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the two distinct component programs of the USACE: (1) the Military program, which provides engineering, construction, real estate, stability operations, and environmental management products and services for the Army, Air Force, other assigned U.S. Government agencies and foreign governments; and (2) the Civil Works Program, which supports development and management of the Nation’s water resources for flood risk management, navigation, ecosystem restoration, hydropower, recreation, water supply, and environmental stewardship.

    3. Army Science Board Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Subcommittee :   Composed of not more than 15 members, having the same balance requirements as the Board, to address issues and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Army's C41SR core competency, including the tactical edge Command, Control, and Communications (C3), situational awareness overmatch, and electronicwarfare.

    4. Army Science Board Systems Engineering, Integration, and Sustainment Subcommittee:   Composed of not more than 15 members, having the same balance requirements as the Board, to address issues and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Army's core competency in systems engineering and integration; advanced prototyping and experimentation in operational environments; and sustainment, including engineered resilient systems, agile logistics and health management.

    5. Army Science Board Weapon Systems Subcommittee:   Composed of not more than 15 members, having the same balance requirements as the Board, to address issues and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Army's weapon systems core competency in Rotorcraft Design Synthesis & Performance Assessment (DS&PA) and airworthiness/safety; ground combat vehicle DS&PA, soldier interaction, and system integration; lethality, including impact physics, energetics, warhead DS&PA, effects modeling and simulation; survivability and protection, including armor and balanced approach for detection/hit/kill avoidance; and air and missile defense DS&PA, precision fires, seekers, and precision guidance.

  14. Recordkeeping:   The records of the Board and its subcommittees will be handled in accordance with General Record Schedule 6.2, and the governing DoD policy and procedures. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552).

  15. Filing Date:   May 21, 2020