Paul Deason is married to Diana Davidson who teaches Special Education at Mayfield High School, and together they have two sons, Michael, a doctoral student at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Iain, an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico. Paul is pursuing a Master’s degree in Anthropology at New Mexico State University after having earned his Bachelors in Physics from the University of California at Riverside, and his Ph.D. at NMSU in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Experimental Statistics. His emphases have been in Human Physical Performance, Research Methodology and Operations Research Analysis. He is a director with Science Technology Analysis Team LLC based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1987, he was honored by election as a Fellow (FSS) of the Royal Statistical Society (England) at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 2004, Paul was presented the President's Medal for Voluntary Service. In 2005 he received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service. In 2008 Paul was named as one of the 10 “US Heroes of Wilderness.”
Dr. Deason had served in the US Department of Defense for over 30 years, performing experimental design and analyses for field tests and computer simulations investigating plans and policy, weapons’ systems design and training. He served as a Senior Science Officer for the British Ministry of Defence in England, and as the senior civilian in the United States European Command Office of Analysis and Simulation, Stuttgart Germany. On return to the United States, he participated in analyses based on issues dealing with Homeland Security/Homeland Defense and Counterterrorism, urban terrorism, child soldiers, peacemaking, and asymmetric engagement, and systems modernization, including the Future Combat Systems. Until recently, Dr Deason served as a Senior Mentor on the Senior Advisory Council with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2007 Paul provided logistics planning and coordination for an Up! Aerospace launch from Spaceport America. Also in 2007 Paul was in Washington, DC lobbying members of Congress in support of wilderness designation legislation.
Paul is a former U.S. Marine, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College, and the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Chiefs of Staff Executive Leadership Development Program.. He serves on the executive boards of the US Army Conference on Applied Statistics, the FBI’s InfraGard New Mexico program, and the Las Cruces Academy. He is a member of the Department of Justice Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, is Past-President of the NMSU chapter of the international honor research science society Sigma Xi, served as the education director of the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico and served as President of the Chihuahuan Desert chapter of the American Statistical Association. He has served on doctoral committees in Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University. He is also a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, the Civil Air Patrol, and USA Rugby.