The Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO), works in close partnership with the military services to focus on pathways to address critical national security challenges. ACO is defining architectural solutions that combine emerging technologies with new warfighting constructs to address challenges in contested environments. These architectures will be vetted with a combination of modeling and simulation and a robust campaign of experimentation in order to realize new doctrine, concepts of operations, and technologies that will enable joint, highly integrated capability sets.
Mr. Tom "Shotgun" Browning
Mr. Thomas Browning is the director of the Adaptive Capabilities Office. In this role Browning is responsible for the management of several highly collaborative efforts to create new joint warfighting constructs and doctrine.
Browning is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who has over 3,500 flight hours in T-38 and F-15 aircraft. He has commanded at the squadron and group level and served as deputy commander of all U.S. Air Force forces in Iraq throughout the final year of Operation New Dawn. His joint experience includes assignments supporting NORAD/United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), U.S. Forces Iraq, and U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). He also has extensive experience directing all aspects of requirements and operations for U.S. Air Force Special Access Programs as director of the Combat Air Forces Special Access Programs Management Office. Mr. Browning retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of colonel in 2015. Following retirement, he supported DARPA as an independent consultant until accepting his current position.
Mr. Browning is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a master's degree in strategic studies from Air War College, a master's degree in military operational art and science from the Air Command and Staff College, and a master's degree in aeronautical science and aerospace management from Embry Riddle University.
Dr. Jim Galambos
Program Manager, ABII
Dr. Jim Galambos joined DARPA in January 2015 as program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. In May 2018 he joined the Advanced Capabilities Office as program manager for the Assault Breaker II program. He has a background in unmanned systems, undersea power and energy, and weapon systems. His research interests include expanding combat capability through combining manned and unmanned systems. Relevant technologies include autonomy, modelling/simulation, undersea communications, unmanned vehicles, maritime power and energy systems, and heterogeneous networking.
Prior to DARPA, Galambos served six years as director of the Advanced Technology Office at the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University. In that role he oversaw research and development in sonar systems and materials, autonomy, unmanned undersea vehicles, and undersea power systems for torpedoes and unmanned vehicles. Previously he was a research engineer for BAE SYSTEMS Advanced Technologies (formerly Advanced Power Technologies, Inc.) where he worked on underwater shock systems, directed-energy weapons, and laser-based instrumentation. Dr. Galambos holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Master of Science and doctorate in nuclear engineering and plasma physics from the University of Washington. He served on active duty as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer and is retired from the Naval Reserves.
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