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February 6, 2013

Former program manager returns to DARPA to lead Tactical Technology Office

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Many things drive scientists and technologists from across multiple disciplines to join DARPA as program managers and technical office directors.

The most common theme, however, is service to country.

At DARPA, these visionaries are charged with creating and preventing technological surprise in support of U.S. national security. For Bradford Tousley, a former DARPA program manager who recently returned to DARPA to assume leadership of the Tactical Technology Office, service to country spans generations.

It’s exciting for me to return to DARPA,î explained Tousley, a leading expert on unmanned systems, advanced sensors and tactical missiles. ìI grew up in a military family ó my father served in the Army, and I followed in his footsteps as an Army officer myself.

That is not an uncommon story.

Unique to Tousley, though, is a connection to DARPA that stretches the history of the Agency. Tousleyís father, a one-time military aide-de-camp to the commander of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, was part of one of the first projects funded by then-ARPA more than 50 years ago. The ABMA oversaw the launch of the Explorer space programóa direct response in the Cold War to the Soviet launch of Sputnikósending satellites into space for varied missions. Interestingly, Tousleyís father was able to share his former connection to his sonís place of work only after details of the program were declassified in 1998.

From 1997 to 2006, Tousley served as a senior scientist and program manager at DARPA, creating and managing efforts in unmanned systems, tactical missiles, radar systems, and advanced electro-optical and infrared sensor systems. Immediately prior to his recent return to DARPA, he was director of the technology division of Logos Technologies, where he oversaw technology development and business operations in unmanned airborne persistent surveillance technology, hyperspectral imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles collision avoidance, software development and advanced image-processing algorithms.

We are excited to have Brad back at DARPA,î said DARPA Director, Arati Prabhakar. ìThroughout his career, he has spearheaded the development of complex systems in support of national security. Brad understands DARPAís approach to pushing technology forward and brings great insights for the creation of new capabilities for the future.

As head of TTO, Tousley will oversee the office within DARPA charged with development of rapid, mobile and responsive combat capabilities for advanced weapons, platforms and space systems.

It is gratifying to know that the research and development we undertake at DARPA can set the pace for innovation in our fields, said Tousley. That is why I wanted to return; itís an opportunity shape the future of technology while contributing to saving war fightersí lives and helping ensure mission success for DOD.




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