Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Strategy, Future Warfare
Concept Development
Defense Planning
Political-Military Relations

Mr. Jim Thomas is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Prior to joining CSBA, Mr. Thomas was Vice President of Applied Minds, Inc., a private research and development company specializing in rapid, interdisciplinary technology prototyping. Before that, he served for thirteen years in a variety of policy, planning and resource analysis posts in the Department of Defense, culminating in his dual appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resources and Plans and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. In these capacities, he was responsible for the development of defense strategy, conventional force planning, resource assessment, and the oversight of war plans. He spearheaded the 2005-2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and was the principal author of the QDR report to Congress.

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