William R. Graham

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William R. Graham joined the Board of Directors of Swales Aerospace on October 31, 2001. Graham is chairman and CEO of National Security Research, Inc. (NSR).

"Mr. Graham, a 40-year veteran of the aerospace and defense industry, joined NSR in 1997. An expert in electromagnetic pulse effects created by nuclear weapons, he also serves as chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack. He has served as a member of the Rumsfeld Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization, and earlier this year served as a member of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Transformation of U.S. Military Capabilities.

"Previously, Mr. Graham was senior vice president of Defense Group Inc. in Falls Church, Va., where he oversaw programs in counter-proliferation and related defense activities. He has chaired the Defense Department's Strategic Defense Initiative Advisory Committee, served as a member of several Defense Department Science Board task forces, and is currently [2001] a member of the Defense Science Board.

"In the mid-1980s, Mr. Graham was science adviser to the president and director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. During that period, he also served as deputy administrator of NASA, where he led NASA's recovery in the aftermath of the Challenger accident.

"Mr. Graham has received many awards during his career, including the Defense Special Weapons Agency's Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Defense Preparedness Association's Strategic Defense Award and the Aerospace Industry Association's Achievement Award.

"He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.; and a master of science and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University in Stanford, Calif."