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David A. Brown

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AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022)
Southwest Research Institute

Mr. David Brown filled a broad range of roles in his 30 year involvement in the defense industry. In an engineering capacity, he has functioned as a systems engineer as well as strong involvement in hardware circuit analysis/development, software development, and radio frequency (RF) analysis/test.

In his current capacity at SwRI, Mr. Brown fills various roles on the ALQ-184 program as well as working with AECO and Combined COMINT/ELINT IR&D programs. In 2018, Mr. Brown was elected as co-chair of the Low Latency Subcommittee of the Sensor Open Standard Architecture (SOSA) consortium where he intereacts with electronic warfare (EW) leaders across the country to develop an open EW standard for industry. In addition, Mr. Brown servs as the Standards Committee Chair for the Avionics Systems Panel of the IEEE Avionics & Electronic Systems Society. In a previous employment period with SwRI (1993-1999), Mr. Brown worked on ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 systems.

Immediately before joining SwRI in January 2018, Mr. Brown worked at Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), starting in 2011. At SRC, he was the manager of Warner Robins Electronic Warfare (EW) group focusing on the ALR 69 radar warning receiver (RWR). In this capacity, he was responsible for task planning, budgeting, and execution as well as managing SRC and subcontractor engineering teams to achieve customer goals. Functioning in a lead engineer role at SRC, Mr. Brown provided solutions for complex aircraft modification and electronic warfare systems. Engineering expertise included improving radio frequency (RF) direction finding (DF) accuracy for systems employed on F-16/A-10 aircraft. He served as the lead engineer to design/integrate advance moving map, satellite communications, and Link-16/JTIDS data links onto SOF-PR aircraft.

Prior to SRC, Mr. Brown worked with Support Systems Associates, Incorporated (SSAI) beginning in 2009. At SSAI, Mr. Brown was a functional manager leading multi-disciplinary teams to provide embedded and systems engineering. He supervised teams providing functional, ground, and flight test support for various LRUs and OFP configurations on Air Force fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Prior to SSAI, Mr. Brown worked as a senior systems engineer at Raytheon, starting in 2006. During his tenure, he concentrated on embedded systems engineering for the ALQ-184 electronic warfare system including analysis/development of software requirements/design/coding for real-time OFP development in C++.

Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Brown served on a shared research (75%) and academic (25%) appointment at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), starting in 1998 with an additional work period at GTRI from 1988 to 1991. While there, he served as a program manager and technical task lead on development efforts for avionic systems in a CMM Level 3 organization. In this capacity, Mr. Brown managed a government/industry collaboration effort to develop a national standard for radar cross-section processing and directed development of an Air Combat Command level sustainability and threat susceptibility development plan for the ALQ-184 and ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasures pods. He was responsible for the design and layout of secure, scalable enterprise applications and designed/developed a server-side security perimeter supporting multi access-level client processes. Software development environments included Java, Perl, and C++ on Windows and Linux platforms. In addition to his research program activities, Mr. Brown served as an adjunct academic faculty member with the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, teaching courses in microcontroller design with low-level assembly language control and digital signal processing (DSP).

In parallel to his civilian professional experience, Mr. Brown has served in the military in various capacities, including intelligence analyst, B-1B WSO, E-8C JSTARS navigator, and staff positions—commander, vice-commander, operations officer. Mr. Brown entered military service in 1988 and retired from the Georgia Army National Guard in 2011

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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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