THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES PHILIP EDWARD COYLE, III, AS THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Today, President Clinton announced his intent to nominate Philip Edward Coyle, III, to be the next Director of Operational Test and Evaluation at the Department of Defense.
Mr. Coyle has worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the greater part of the last 30 years. He has held the position of Principal Laboratory Associate Director since 1988. Prior to taking that position, he served at the Department of Energy as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs and as acting Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs. Mr. Coyle also held a variety of positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1956, and an M.S. from Dartmouth College in Mechanical Engineering in 1957.
As the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation for the Department of Defense, Mr. Coyle is responsible for assessing the test results of all major defense acquisition programs. In consultation with senior officials, he will oversee the selection and testing procedures for weapons, equipment, and munitions to evaluate their effectiveness and suitability for U.S. military use.