Dr. Thomas Karr

Dr. Thomas Karr,

Assistant Director, Directed Energy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

Dr. Thomas Karr is the Assistant Director, Directed Energy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Research and Engineering). His responsibilities cover all Directed Energy research in the Department of Defense. He has nearly four decades of experience in the application of science to national security. Prior to joining OUSD(R&E) he was a DARPA program manager for six years, was the Director of EO/IR Technology at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and at Northrop Grumman, and was a Group Leader and senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twelve years. He also was co-founder of a commercial space company, and a consultant to many companies in the national security industry. He earned an A.B. cum laude in Physics from Princeton, a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland, and was the Joliot-Curie Fellow of the Atomic Energy Commission of France in 1977–78. He has published over 50 scientific papers, holds three patents, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Military Sensing Symposia, and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Speaking: November 28 - "High Energy Warfighting Applications"