DAI

VP Bios

Jerry D. Thomason
Vice President of Operations, DAI

EDUCATION:

MA, Management, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 1994
BS, Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, 1979

SUMMARY:

A consummate management professional with over 30 years of high profile leadership, and 12 years of managing and testing strategic air defense systems in the USA, Europe, Korea, and Southwest Asia.  A Skilled communicator at ease with all authority levels, rank and file, diverse cultural and ethnic persons, congressional committees and the media.  A proven human resource manager, leader, motivator, trainer and developer of personnel, consistently reaching high levels of competency and readiness.

EXPERIENCE:
3/2004 - Present   
Defense Acquisition, Inc., Vice President, Test & Evaluation

Responsible for managing a staff of engineers and analysts. Responsibilities include management oversight on a contract providing scientific, engineering, analytical, and technical support to the Joint Program Office, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (JPO, GMD), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Operational Test Agency (OTA). Support consists of test planning, documentation preparation, scheduling, execution, analysis, and reporting of both flight and ground tests. Other support includes: simulation development and performance modeling, configuration analysis, and systems engineering. Also provides management oversight on planning and executing test readiness reviews, risks analysis and risks reduction.  Has directed and/or performed requirements definition, range scheduling activities, range requirements, and test documentation. 


12/1978 – 3/2004
U.S. Army, Various
Operational Test Director:

Managed all facets of the army-led multi-service Operational Test Agencies Team, including 90 personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Joint Interoperability Test Command, for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Segment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Planned, coordinated, and resourced three major operational tests and four smaller tests for the U.S. Army including the Patriot PAC-3, Stryker Combat Vehicle, and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense. Managed annual operating budgets of $9.3 million and test budgets up to $52 million, and up to 2,000 personnel.

Command Leadership:

Shouldered responsibilities for air defense and forward air defense operations with over 24 to 470 personnel, up to 4 missile units, up to 99 air defense systems and 266 support vehicles, while securing and accounting for $82.4 million worth of organizational and sophisticated equipment. Planned, coordinated and resourced major air defense operations ensuring 24 hour emergency alert readiness, synchronizing assets to support NATO and allied forces worldwide. Oversaw all logistical moves including modifications, changes, late requisitions and avoiding last minute pitfalls. Maintained projects on track and aligned them with command priorities in intense high pressure environments. Managed annual budgets up to $200 million. Planned and implemented realistic and imaginative training resulting in superlative readiness ratings for all operatives. As Air Defense Systems Integrator at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, ensured the programming, budgeting and execution of all missile systems including the Avenger, Stinger, Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle, Nautilus, THEL, FAAD C2I, GBS, and ADA-TOCS

Public Relations Director:

Controlled Public Relations activities and established a proactive posture for all activities of the prestigious 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, KY, and in their operations abroad. Tasked/supervised 8 personnel engaged in coordinating community relations and multiple activities between Army, local community, state and national organizations. Made speeches, gave briefings, press releases, and drew up proposals to ensure optimum fluent interaction between all parties. As a Diplomatic Liaison, communicated with Korean and German Nationals to assist in establishing air defense installations. Provided high profile military assistance and training to 2 Saudi Arabian National Guard units for all their air defense artillery units.  Represented the Army and Missile System Operations before the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense and U.S. Congressional Hearings, detailing the status, strength, and pleadings for the needs and causes of air defense operations worldwide.

MISSION STATEMENT

Excel in Acquisition and Installation Management, Engineering, Test, and Logistics by capitalizing on our experience, innovation, and responsiveness to customer needs. 

Focus on customer satisfaction and employee growth while developing our core capabilities, expanding our business scope and growing the business base.