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Thomas H. Killion

NATO Research & Development United States of America

Dr. Thomas H. Killion

Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Military Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2016

Chief Scientist
NATO Science and Technology Organization


More Autonomous Systems

This presentation will discuss the increasing use and capabilities of unmanned systems in military operations. The title is purposefully ambiguous, to cover both the proliferation of unmanned systems across multiple operational domains (air, sea, land) and the increasing level of autonomy inherent in these systems. In addition to addressing the expanding application of unmanned systems, there will be a discussion of some of the technical challenges associated with future use, particularly in the context of coalition operations.

Curriculum Vitae

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Killion served as the Director of Technology in the Office of Naval Research, overseeing more than half of the U.S. Navy’s Science and Technology portfolio. Previous executive assignments include: a) Director of the Biometrics Identity Management Agency for the U.S. Army; b) Science Advisor to the Director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization; c) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (DAS(R&T)) / U.S. Army Chief Scientist; d) Director of Technology in the office of the DAS(R&T)/Chief Scientist; and e) Director of Personnel Technologies in the Office of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. He has also served for more than a decade in key U.S. positions on the NATO Research and Technology Board (predecessor to the S&T Board) and the NATO STO Systems Concepts & Integration Panel. Dr. Killion has more than 35 years of experience in defense S&T, including research on EW training for the U.S. Air Force and serving as the Technology Team Chief for the UAV Joint Project Office.

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