John A. Parmentola

Army Director for Research and Laboratory Management

Dr. Parmentola was born in the Bronx, New York and received his BS degree in Physics from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1977.

He has been serving in his present position since October of 2001. He is responsible for the Army Basic Research Program and the Applied Research programs of the Army Research Laboratory, Army Research Institute, Corps of Engineers and Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command, as well as the Environmental Quality technology, Manufacturing Technology, Small Business Innovative Research, Dual Use Science and Technology, and Army High Performance Computing programs with an annual budget of approximately $750M. Dr. Parmentola also oversees laboratory management policy for all Army laboratories and research, development and engineering centers.

Before coming to the Army he was the Science and Technology Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the US Department of Energy where he was responsible for providing technical, budgetary, and programmatic advice to senior management for over $7B in science and technology investments. This responsibility included Defense, Non-proliferation, Science, Fossil Energy, Energy Efficiency, Nuclear Energy and Environmental programs.

Prior to joining the US Department of Energy, he was the co-founder of the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office (ASCO) of the newly formed Defense Threat Reduction Agency. There he served as Chief of Advanced Systems and Operations, where he managed a diverse and talented staff involved in the development of new concepts and new requirements to counter the threat of weapons of mass destruction. (WMD) While at the ASCO he had the privilege of managing two broad and in-depth studies on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty for General John Shalikashvili on behalf of President Clinton. Under his direction his staff created, developed, managed and completed 5 major high visibility projects spanning the areas of arms control, WMD scenario development, space asset protection, force protection and cutting edge munitions development.

He is not new to the Army. He served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology/Chief Scientist of the US Army. While serving in the Office of the Chief Scientist, he was Acting Director for Research and Laboratory Management for the US Army where he had responsibility for managing and defending a budget of over $500 million in basic and applied research to OSD, Army Leadership and the Congress. During this period, he managed the largest and most complex Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration in the government, The Rapid Force Projection Initiative. He was also responsible for the creation and approval of the first Army Strategic Research Objectives, which directly supported the long-term goals and objectives of Army After Next.

He has been a Principal Scientist at the MITRE Corporation where he has worked in the area of arms control verification technology, strategic offense-defense integration and strategic command, control, and communications associated with the Cheyenne Mountain Upgrade Program. He has also served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Director of the Office of Research and Development within the Office of Non-Proliferation and National Security of the US Department of Energy.

Earlier in his career, he was Executive Director of the Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) of the American Physical Society, a postdoctoral fellow with the Program of Science and Technology for International Security (PSTIS) at MIT, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS) of MIT. Subsequently, he was a research scientist in the Physics Division of Argonne National Laboratory, an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and an Assistant Professor of Physics at West Virginia University (WVU). In the field of science, technology, and public policy, he has been a Fellow of the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Apart from his professional interests in the fields of defense, human rights and science and technology policy, he was a co-founder in 1991 of Travel Media Corporation, a highly successful publishing company, for which he currently serves as an Officer, Director and Treasurer. Since 1991, he has had oversight responsibility for financial and strategic planning, human resource issues, technology acquisition, and creative design activities for the company.

He has published more than 50 scientific papers and articles in science and technology policy, and an authoritative book on space defense. He has been the recipient of the Alfred Raymond Prize, the Sigma XI Research Award, has been an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Recently, he was the Air Intelligence Agency nominee for the R. V.Jones Central Intelligence Agency Award and has been awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his exemplary dedication to public service and his numerous contributions to the US Army.