Carnegie Mellon's Kiron K. Skinner Reappointed
To Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Kiron K. Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program, has been reappointed to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Skinner, previously named to the panel in 2004 by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, will serve a second four-year term.
The CNO Executive Panel is comprised of scientific, engineering, political-military and international relations experts. Its purpose is to advise the Chief of Naval Operations.
"It is an honor to continue to serve on a board that influences military policy — especially at a time when our military forces around the world face increasing challenges," Skinner said.
Skinner is one of the country's most renowned experts in the area of international relations, U.S. foreign policy and political strategy. Along with Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice, she co-authored "The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Regan and Boris Yeltsin." Additionally, she authored "Turning Points in Ending the Cold War," a landmark work in international history featuring a collection of essays by leading American and Russian statesmen and scholars. She has published five additional books, two of which were New York Times best sellers.
Skinner's government service includes membership on the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board (2001-2007) as an advisor on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Security Education Board and the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social-Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. She has co-chaired the CNO task forces on the Middle East and Africa, and also serves on the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Skinner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City and is a former fellow of CFR's Studies Department.
Pictured above is Kiron K. Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program at Carnegie Mellon.