Errol McCormack Lunch: Thomas Jones, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems

  • 14 Feb 2023
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT


  • Code available on request

Registration is closed

Advancing Aeronautics Technology to Pace Emerging Threats

Tom Jones will speak on the emergence of 6th generation aircraft systems; Networking of systems and the keys to coalition-JADC2; and Digital transformation and its impact on acquisition, engineering, advanced manufacturing and skilling the workforce.

Thomas (Tom) H. Jones

Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems

Thomas (Tom) H. Jones is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous systems, aerospace structures and next-generation solutions with major operations throughout the United States, including California, Florida, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah.

Previously, Jones was sector vice president and general manager of Airborne Sensors & Networks division for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector. In this role, Jones had leadership responsibility for division operations, including a wide range of C4ISR capabilities with a focus on evolving to multi-function sensor capabilities for U.S. and global customers.

Prior to that, Jones was sector vice president and general manager for Advanced Concepts and Technologies, also at Mission Systems. He led the development of advanced systems solutions and for providing technical discriminators to support future business captures. Additionally, he was responsible for strategic planning, activities and operations, including shaping customer research and development, advanced architectures and technologies, advanced research relationships with independent laboratories and universities; managing intellectual property and technology partnerships, foundry development, enterprise collaboration for continuous innovation; and ensuring the incubation of advanced concepts.

Jones’ prior roles within Northrop Grumman include sector vice president and general manager for Advanced Concepts and Technologies for the former Electronic Systems sector and vice president of the company’s Undersea Systems business unit in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2011, Jones served as director of The Boeing Company’s Marine Systems department in Anaheim, California, with responsibility for a wide variety of high technology, undersea systems solutions and services for government and commercial customers. Prior to that, Jones served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Rockwell International and Boeing.

Jones earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and took additional doctoral-level coursework at the University of Southern California. He has been active in a variety of community organizations, including church, parochial schools, YMCA and youth soccer coaching. Jones served as the Chairman of the Corporate Program Management Council from 2013 through 2015.

Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.

The Williams Foundation thanks Northrop Grumman for sponsoring this lunch.

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