ASB History

Army Science Board Historical Timeline

The Army Science Board (ASB) is a federal advisory committee organized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. It provides the Army with independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Army’s scientific, technical, manufacturing, logistics and business management functions, as well as other matters deemed pressing or complex by the Secretary of the Army.

The Army Science Board began in November 1951 when Secretary of the Army Frank Pace Jr. appointed 12 outstanding scientists and industrialists as members of a scientific advisory panel to assist him and the Army leadership in creating an effective, economical, and progressive fighting force using existing scientific technology and industrial resources. Three years later, this panel was expanded and officially designated the Army Science Advisory Panel (ASAP), with its first formal meeting held on November 16, 1954. The Army Science Board was created in 1977 to replace the ASAP and continues in that function today.

ASB members and consultants are appointed under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109 as special government employees, and are subject to federal ethics rules. They serve voluntarily without compensation.

The Board is supported by a full-time government directorate in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (ODUSA).