Then: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences Defense Research and Engineering
As of February 2008:
Dr. William S. Rees is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences. In this position, which he has held since June 2006, he is responsible for providing scientific leadership, management oversight, policy guidance and coordination of the Basic Research (6.1) programs of the Military Services and Defense Agencies. Dr. Rees has cognizance over the entire Defense Basic Research portfolio and responsibility for DoD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce issues, grants policy, Defense Laboratories policy, and international S&T programs.
From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Rees was a program manager for the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive countermeasures and critical infrastructure protection portfolios at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has been Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry of Electronic Materials and a member of the Defense Science Study Group, a Defense Science Board task force, a National Research Council scientific review panel, and a National Research Council Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Dr. Rees is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He holds seven patents, has over 120 publications in archival journals, and serves on six professional journal advisory boards. Dr. Rees also served on the faculties of the Florida State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.