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Guy’s Career
Guy Thomas, former Science & Technology Advisor to the US
Coast Guard, has been involved in maritime surveill...
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  1. 1. Guy’s Career Guy Thomas, former Science & Technology Advisor to the US Coast Guard, has been involved in maritime surveillance for over 40 years, proceeding from operator to systems engineer to lead tester to inventor and developer. Other than his time in submarines and his recent Distinguished Career Service Award, he is proudest of having conceived (in 2001), secured funding for and helped design space-based AIS (in 2004); and subsequently developing (in 2005) the Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness (C-SIGMA) concept to fully explain and exploit this new capability. This concept and its off shoots have been briefed many places since then, including at the European Parliament in 2010 and at White House in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2006 his concept was field tested by a consortium of NATO, European Commission and US agencies employing commercial space systems, including both radar and optical satellites, to locate and track a specific set of vessels know to be transiting from Piraeus, Greece to Norfolk, Virginia. The test conclusively proved the feasibility of space-based global maritime awareness using unclassified commercial systems. Subsequently asked by the US Air Force to organize a series of tests to determine the maritime utility of the soon-to- be launched Radar Sat 2 (RS 2) by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) of Canada. The tests, conducted at several places around the globe shortly after the satellite’s launch in late 2007, clearly demonstrated the feasibility of RS 2 in a maritime surveillance mode. He consequently conceived and led the initial organization of a 6 month limited object experiment (LOD) for the Chilean government, using both MDA’s Radar Sat 2 and e-GEOS’ Cosmos SkyMed Radar Satellites, as well as exactEarth’s and ORBCOMM’s AIS collection constellations. The LOD, conducted in the last half of 2011 and funded by the USCG, clearly demonstrated the synergism of space-based AIS and radar satellites in a maritime surveillance role for resource and environmental protection as well as security against a range of threats including smuggling of all types and piracy, plus dramatically assisting in marine safety and life saving situations. Invited to be part of an inter-departmental White House team re-writing the National Space Policy for President Obama, his concept on the synergism of the space and maritime domains was incorporated nearly verbatim into the National Space Policy’s Implementation Directive (June 2010). A researcher at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) from January 1995 to October 2003, he led or co-led numerous technology focused war games and at sea experiments. He was its liaison to the Naval War College from early 2000 to late 2003. His 2001 paper on why and how to build a Maritime Traffic Tracking System, published in the Naval War College Review Fall 2003, became the conceptual backbone of the national effort to build an international Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) system. He took early retirement from JHU/APL to become the Science & Technology Advisor to that national effort at the interagency MDA Program Integration Office, which became, at White House direction, the national Office for Global Maritime Situational Awareness (July, 2007). He contributed to the writing of the National Strategy for Maritime Security, National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness, and the Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan. He co-chaired the writing of the national Maritime Domain Awareness Technology Roadmap, and the
  2. 2. Guy Thomas 410-383-6267 Home 2100 Mt Royal Ter 443-850-3235 Cell Baltimore, MD 21217-4848 gguythomas@gmail.com g.guy.thomas@c-sigma.org Maritime Data Fusion Plan, the technical backbone of the policy documents. He has also gotten the USCG directly involved in the DOD Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program, an association that he believes will continue to produce significant benefits long after he has left the Coast Guard. Retired from the US Navy in 1988, he served in combat and overtly hostile environments as a signals warfare officer on submarines, ships, and aircraft. To this day he cannot discuss the submarine operations in which he was deeply involved but on surface ships he participated in 28 MiG engagements off Vietnam, a record that still stands today. His role was to read the electronic environment and provide early detection, identification and warning to USN and USAF fighters over enemy territory. He was slightly wounded during the first B-52 raid into Haiphong Harbor when his ship was hit in the bridge, where he was stationed, by friendly fire. He was decorated for restoring order and rendering aid to the wounded. As an aviator he had over 2,000 mission hours and led part of a small USAF/USN/Japanese team that exploited a defector’s brand new, top secret, MiG-25. He led the mission systems acceptance test of the Navy's EP-3E in the Pacific and while on assignment to the Air Force, directed the initial test & global deployment of the modernized Rivet Joint (RC-135W). He also conceived and planned a joint RC-135/EP-3/SR-71 mission in the Sea of Japan that many believe was the single most productive aerial reconnaissance mission ever flown against the Soviet Union. He is the 1st person in history to be allowed to wear both Navy and Air Force wings at the same time and was one of the Navy’s first designated sub-specialists in space operations, thus becoming the first person in Navy history to be qualified in four naval warfare areas. He also worked very closely with the SEALS and other SOF elements on several occasions, including the planning for the 2 nd insertion into Iran (October, 1980) and filled both the Space and Special Operations research billets at the Naval War College (1982-1986), working very closely with the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group as they developed the initial Maritime Strategy (1981-1983). He retired in 1988 as Head of Analysis, Joint Electronic Warfare Center. A distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, he holds Masters in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems with high honors from Bryant University, and studied for a Masters in Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is widely published and has studied Spanish, Japanese and Russian. His Russian led him to briefly work with the FBI to help a KGB asset he had identified, defect, which led, years later, to a significant intelligence win, a fact he is very proud of, even if he still cannot discuss it. He and Clelia are also very proud that the historic Victorian they restored and now run as Wilson House Bed & Breakfast, was selected as “Best B&B in Baltimore, 2012”. JEWC