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Paul Kaminski

Engineer & Military Leader

Born: September 16, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio
Enshrined: 2020

Dubbed the “father” of all stealth programs

Served as Director for Low Observables Technology where he oversaw the F-117 Nighthawk and B-2 Spirit programs.

Contributed greatly to the U.S. national strategy called “Offset-2” which is credited with ending the Cold War. Offset-2 focused on designing stealth planes that could infiltrate air defenses, advanced sensors to search for and designate targets, and precision-guided munitions to attack targets and decrease collateral damage.

Retired from the Air Force as a Full Colonel in 1984.

Served as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology and was appointed twice as Chairman of the Defense Science Board (which had never happened in the board’s existence).

Became President and CEO of Technovation, Inc, served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Defense Science Board, Director of National Intelligence’s Senior Advisory Group, the FBI Director’s Advisory Board, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Technical Advisory Board, the National Academies Air Force Studies Board, and the Atlantic Council.

Awarded the President’s National Medal of Technology, Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Central Intelligence Director’s Award, Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Academy 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award, the Ronald Reagan Award for Missile Defense, the Perry Award for precision strike, the Reed award for Aeronautics, the IEEE Ramo Award for Systems Engineering, the ISSA Possony Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress through Science and Technology, SPIE Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Air Force Systems Command Scientific Achievement Award.

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