Peter served as secretary of the Air Force, under secretary and acting secretary of the Air Force, and principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense. He is currently a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP.
Retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula was the first deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
The pair joins current board members Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Ted S. Rappaport, Tom Ridge and chair Khurram P. Sheikh, Powerwave CTO.
The board provides “strategic direction for the company“™s product development and marketing efforts in wireless broadband solutions for the government, public safety, military and homeland security markets.”
“We are privileged to have Secretary Peters and Lt. Gen. Deptula join our team of prestigious wireless industry experts and thought leaders,“ CEO Ronald J. Buschur said. “The commercial wireless industry has invested heavily in the competitive development of next-generation wireless networks and it only makes sense for the government sector to take advantage of that work. Powerwave is uniquely positioned to help lead the government adoption of commercial technology, and we look forward to working with Secretary Peters and Lt. Gen. Deptula to make that happen.“
“I“™m pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Powerwave board to help the DoD harness the company“™s wireless innovation for government, military, homeland security and public safety purposes,“ Peters said. “Conceptually, these entities could utilize many of the technologies the commercial sector is adopting to create the connectivity they need at a price they can afford.“
His sentiments were echoed by Deptula:
“As commercial carriers around the world begin rolling out 4G networks and mobile broadband becomes widely adopted in the public sector, the DoD and other government agencies can begin taking advantage of these commercial advances in mobile broadband,“ Deptula said. “Cutbacks in military funding have meant fewer new starts in technology than we have seen in the past. The advantage Powerwave brings to the table in terms of technological expertise in mobile broadband enables new cost- effective, leading-edge opportunities for government and military applications to meet 21st-century challenges.“