Mr. Thomas Masiello joined DARPA in October 2017 as the Director of the Adaptive Execution Office, where he will focus on working with DARPA program managers to accelerate the transition of game-changing DARPA technologies to the Department of Defense, other federal departments and agencies, and private-sector partners. He is charged with developing a shared assessment of operator-level needs by engaging with operators across the Department of Defense (DoD) Combatant Command structure. This includes coordination of DARPA research capabilities and breakthroughs with the Commands, Services, Intelligence Community, and Service laboratories, as well as capturing emerging needs of those military customers.
Mr. Masiello retired as a U.S. Air Force Major General in June 2016. Before coming to DARPA, his final active-duty assignment was as Commander of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Previously, he served as Director of DoD Special Programs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
During his Air Force service, Mr. Masiello was an operational fighter pilot, experimental test pilot, test squadron commander, and Wing Commander of a classified test unit conducting developmental flight tests on a wide variety of advanced weapon systems.
He received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.
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