Mr. Gilbert F. Decker

Mr. Gilbert F. Decker

Gilbert F. Decker is a private consultant for several clients including the United States Army, the United States Navy, and several corporations.

Mr. Decker served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before becoming a private consultant, he held several distinguished positions, including: President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company; Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Systems Group of TRW, Inc; President and CEO of Acurex Corporation; President and CEO of ESL, Incorporated; and Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research, Development, and Acquisition. He served as Asistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition) from 1993 thru 1997. After his service as Assistant Secretary, he served as Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing, and Program Management of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense, Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army, the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Army, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

Recently, from May 2010 to February 2011, Mr. Decker Co-Chaired a Commision appointed by the Secretary of the Army to conduct an in depth review of the Army Acquisition process from requirements definition to production, to provide findings and recommendations for improvements in quality and efficiency.

Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering,  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He previously served on the Board of Army Science & Technology (BAST) at the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, he served on the BAST panel to oversee the US Army mission of Chemical Weapons De-militarization.

He served on the Army Science Board (ASB) for 6 years and was chairman for 2 years. He is Vice-President and a director of the Hertz Foundation, a foundation that grants Graduate Fellowships to top ranked science and engineering students to pursue their PhD. He was formerly a Director of Alliant TechSystems for 10 years, a director of  Anteon Corporation for for 10 years and a director of the Allied Defense Group for 10 years. He served as a trustee, for the Association of the US Army and is a sustaining member.

Mr. Decker holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The John Hopkins University, 1958,  and a Master of Science, Operations Research, from Stanford University 1967. He undertook his military education as a US Army Reserve Officer at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.