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TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEMBER BIO

Mr. Tom Dickinson
Government Liaison


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

U.S. Department of Defense:

Program Manager for Visual Information Systems and Technologies:

Wrote most of the DoD policy guidance and DoD Directives for video technologies, systems, activities and networks. First at the Pentagon to use the terms "videoteleconferencing," "distance learning," and "teletraining" in the early 1980s. Brought these concepts and technologies to the attention of senior decisionmakers, and convinced them of their many merits, successfully planned and budgeted and acquired multiple major VTC and VI systems, first ever at Pentagon.

 

Planned, budgeted, designed and installed the first five VTC studios at the Pentagon.

 

Founded and chaired the DoD Visual Information Technologies Advisory Board.

 

Designed, budgeted and managed the first two all-digital video production facilities in the entire Federal Government (at Hill AFB, UT and Keesler AFB, MS).

 

Engineered, planned, budgeted and managed the first satellite video antenna and distribution system at the Pentagon, under direct mandate from the SECDEF (paid for by Ted Turner and CNN).

 

Working directly with leading Japanese consumer electronics firms, I helped spec and design the first portable, battery operated color video camera.

 

For 8 years, founded and chaired the DoD Videoteleconferencing Steering Group.

 

Co-founded and co-chaired (with DIA) the DoD Video Intelligence Group.

 

Selected by DISA to create from scratch, then lead and direct as supervisor, DISA's first video operations branch in 1994.

 

Wrote the DoD policy that mandated DoD-wide conversion from film and photo based still and motion imagery to video and electronic digital photography.

 

Served as Executive Manager of the DoD Motion Media Records Depository.

 

Served as DoD rep to the National Archive Television and Film Archives Advisory Committee

 

Served as DISA Liaison to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on DISN Leading Edge Services, including several ACTDs.

 

Served as Chief of Commercial Satellite Communications Division, DISA, leading engineering and acquistion of over 80 global commercial satellite transponder leases serving US warfighters in key theaters of operation.

 

Served as Japan Desk Officer, Office of Dual Use Policy and International Programs, USD (AT&L). Worked cooperative international exchanges on micro-technologies, plasma screens, ceramic engines, missile defense systems.

 

Serve as Defense Information Systems Agency Liaison to Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary for Networks and Information Integration (OSD(NII))/DoD CIO.  Primary responsibilities include planning, funding, system upgrades and maintenance for the Defense Information System Network (DISN), including DSN, DRSN, NIPRnet, SIPRnet, DVS, and other components. Also, Teleports and commercial satellite including Iridium/EMSS.

 

EDUCATION

 

B.A. U.S. History, Beloit College

M.S. The George Washington University, Telecommunications Technology and Policy

M.A. Georgetown University, International Security Studies

OPM - Senior Executive Leadership School

DoD - Federal Executive Institute

DoD-  Senior Executive Leadership Development Program

DoD - NDU/IRMC - Advanced Management Program




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