Speaker: Dr. Tim Grayson Faculty Host: Professor Harish Krishnaswamy
Abstract: Similar to the commercial world’s interest in greater connectivity of sensors, information, and physical things, the U.S. military needs greater connectivity of its system to let warfighters define and create precise architectures and capabilities tailored to mission at the time of need. Unfortunately the traditional approach to engineering a distributed architecture leads to overly complex, brittle solutions that are costly and time consuming to develop, are difficult to use, and ultimately do not meet user needs. What is needed is not a new end-state architecture but the tools and infrastructure to compose architecture on demand. DARPA is developing these technologies under a concept it calls “Mosaic Warfare”. This talk will provide more insight into the objectives of mosaic warfare and a sampling of the communications technologies being developed to bring the vision to fruition.
Bio: Dr. Timothy Grayson is the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. Dr. Grayson came to STO from a varied career in government and industry. Most recently he was the founder and president of Fortitude Mission Research LLC, a consulting company specializing in organizational and operational strategy development and technology analysis related to defense, security, and intelligence. Prior to founding Fortitude, Dr. Grayson was senior manager at Photon Research Associates (PRA), a Raytheon company, and was the founding director of the Systems Research & Analysis (SR&A) department at Ktech Corp. Dr. Grayson has extensive government experience. He spent several years as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Science and Technology and culminating in a tour at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to CIA, Dr. Grayson was a program manager and senior scientist at DARPA. He initiated new programs in space situation awareness and networked sensing. Dr. Grayson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science.