Donald L Pilling



Dr. Don Pilling, President and CEO of the Logistics Management Institute, serves as the Co-Chairman of the Defense Science Board. On October 16, 2003, Dr. Pilling joined the Minuteman Institute’s Keynote Speaker Series to provide a glimpse into the Defense Science Board’s report to the Secretary of Defense on the future of the US military. Dr. Pilling discussed the DSB’s approach to this challenging mission, giving special attention to the future of the National Guard in homeland security.

Admiral Pilling took the lead of LMI following a distinguished military career. Don Pilling is a true warrior, having commanded the USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43); a destroyer squadron; a cruiser destroyer group; the USS SARATOGA Battle Group; the U.S. Sixth Fleet, and NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe.

Ashore, Admiral Pilling has been assigned to a variety of defense operations, planning, and programming billets. In his earlier career, he served four years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (PA&E) where he was responsible for the resource analysis of all U.S. and foreign tactical aircraft and missile programs. He also served on the personal staff of the Chief of Naval Operations where he was responsible for the Navy’s strategic planning. Following an assignment at Brookings Institution, Admiral Pilling returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations where he was responsible for the development of the Navy Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP).

A member of the National Security Council staff from 1989 until 1992, Admiral Pilling had broad responsibilities in foreign policy and national security issues and was selected to flag rank in 1989 while serving there. Subsequently, he was the Director for Programming (N80) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and later served as the Navy’s Chief Financial Officer as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments (N8). Don Pilling assumed duties as the 30th Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the Navy’s Chief Operating Officer, from November 1997 until his retirement from active service in October 2000. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.