Thomas R. Wilson

Born Mar 4, 1946

Vice Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson 0USN was Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 1999 to July 2002. http://www. dia. mil/history/histories/Directors/bio_twilson. html

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1946 Birth Born on March 4, 1946.


1964 18 Years Old He graduated from Groveport Madison High School in 1964, where he was active in sports, band, and other school activities as well as the Boy Scouts of America and the Groveport Methodist Church. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He entered Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, in October 1968 and was commissioned an Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve in March 1969. … Read More
1969 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Other Military training included Communications Officer Ashore Course at Newport, RI in 1969; Targeting and mission planning at Nuclear Weapons Training Group Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA in 1980; and Flag and General Officer CAPSTONE Training in 1995. … Read More
1970 - 1974 3 More Events
1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Following graduation from the Defense Intelligence College in May 1975 LT Wilson transferred to USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) home-ported in San Diego, CA.


1977 31 Years Old From June 1977-June 1979 then LT Wilson served at U.S. Naval Station Keflavik, Iceland, where he was the operational intelligence officer at the Commander Iceland Sector Antisubmarine Warfare Group (COMICEASWGRU) in the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) during this tour he supported antisubmarine warfare (ASW), airborne surveillance, and intelligence collection operations by P-3 patrol squadrons and special purpose surveillance aircraft and ships of the Atlantic Fleet and by patrol aircraft from a variety of NATO nations. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old From July 1979 - June 1981 LCDR Wilson served as the senior intelligence officer for Carrier Air Wing THREE, stationed at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. … Read More
1981 35 Years Old From June 1981 – June 1984 LCDR Wilson was assigned as Force Intelligence Officer for Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (COMPATWINGSLANT) at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old From July 1984 – June 1987 CDR Wilson served in Naples, Italy, where he was assigned as Commander, Task Group 168.3 and Officer-in-Charge of the U.S. Navy’s European Forward Area Support Team (EURFAST). … Read More


1987 41 Years Old From July 1987 - June 1989 CDR Wilson served as Director, Fleet Intelligence (N2) for Commander U.S. SEVENTH Fleet embarked in USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) home-ported at Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan. … Read More
1989 43 Years Old Returning to the United States for duty after five years overseas, CAPT Wilson reported to the Navy Staff at the Pentagon in July 1989 where he assumed duties as Special Assistant for Intelligence and Special Access Programs (SAPs) for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare Requirements (OP-07). … Read More
1991 45 Years Old In early 1991 Captain Wilson transferred to Norfolk, VA, where he assumed duties as Director of Intelligence (N-2) for the Atlantic Fleet. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Both of these Atlantic Command-developed systems were used to provide intelligence support to operational forces engaged in the Haiti intervention in 1994. … Read More


1997 51 Years Old In September 1997 RDML Wilson commenced a short tour of duty at the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. … Read More
1998 52 Years Old The Joint Staff was almost continually engaged in high paced contingency operations during RADM Wilson’s time as J2 in 1998-99: Daily No Fly Zone enforcement over Iraq, the conduct of a four-day strike campaign (Operation Desert Fox) against Iraq in December 1998, and the escalating crisis in Kosovo culminating in a 78-day NATO bombing campaign (Operation Allied Force) led by the U.S. against the former Yugoslavia from 24 March – 11 June 1999. Terrorism against the United States also escalated significantly during this period of time when Al Qaida operatives in Kenya and Tanzania conducted suicide bombing attacks against United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on 7 August 1998. … Read More
1999 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1999 Thomas R. Wilson was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for promotion to Vice Admiral and appointment as the 13th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
…  While the attacks of 11 September 2001 were the largest and most significant, they were preceded on 12 October 2000 by an Al Qaida suicide bombing of USS COLE (DDG 67) in the Yemeni port Aden, killing seventeen American sailors and injuring thirty-nine others. This bombing resulted in an accelerated shifting of intelligence resources to the terrorism crisis that had begun after the African embassy bombings in 1998. The attacks of 11 September 2001 thrust DIA into the war on terrorism in a personal, emotional, and unanticipated way as seven DIA civilian employees were killed and eight more (seven civilian and one military) DIA personnel were wounded when a hijacked American Airlines Boeing 757 was crashed into the Pentagon. … Read More
2002 56 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following retirement from the Navy in 2002, he served in several senior executive roles for Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK): President of ATK Missile Systems, Corporate Senior Vice President and President of ATK Precision Systems Group, and ATK Senior Vice President for Tidewater Operations, retiring from ATK in 2009. … Read More
2003 57 Years Old From 2003-2006 he served in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as President of ATK Precision Systems, a $600M business group specializing in design, development, demonstration and production of tank ammunition, precision-guided weapons, and defense electronics and force protection systems for the U.S. military and our allies. From 2006-2009 Vice Admiral Wilson was ATK’s Senior Vice President for Tidewater Operations and Combatant Command Relations. … Read More
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