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Technical Director

Mr. Robert E. (Rob) Stone

Mr. Robert E. (Rob) Stone has developed and tested weapons systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) since his graduation from Auburn University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level III Certification in Test and Evaluation.

After graduation, Mr. Stone worked as a DoD contractor at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, on a number of missile- and space-related programs including HELLFIRE Longbow, Patriot, THAAD, and early Ground Based Interceptor designs supporting the Strategic Defense Initiative. During these efforts Mr. Stone served as a test engineer for open-air range firings, developed missile system all-digital modeling and simulation programs, and performed research and development testing in missile hardware-in-the-loop facilities.

Mr. Stone moved to Fort Rucker, AL in 1997 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC) as a contractor, and then began his career in federal service in 2000 as the ATTC Chief of Data Processing. There he oversaw development of test instrumentation data processing systems and modeling and simulation capabilities under the Virtual Proving Ground initiative.

In 2000, Mr. Stone moved to the ATTC Flight Test Directorate as a Flight Test Engineer in the Integrated Systems Test Division (ISTD) for rotary-wing radar and sensor systems testing. In 2002, Mr. Stone was selected as the Assistant Division Chief of ISTD, and later became Division Chief of ISTD. There he was responsible for leading teams comprised of military, Army Civilian, and contractor personnel to test the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure (ATIRCM) system, APR-39 Radar Warning System, and other integrated aircraft systems. In 2007, Mr. Stone chartered, and became Chief of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Division at ATTC where he led testing of Shadow, Hunter, Gray Eagle, and other UAS.

In 2010, as a result of the merger of ATTC with the Redstone Technical Test Center during the Base Realignment and Closure, known as BRAC, Mr. Stone became the Aviation Test Technology Developer for the newly chartered U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC), and relocated to Redstone Arsenal. There he led development of aviation major test instrumentation efforts such as the Joint UAS Mission Equipment (JUAS-ME) (a Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program) and the Aviation Systems Test Integration Lab (AvSTIL). During this time, Mr. Stone also served on various DoD-level panels for which he provided assessments of Test and Evaluation capability gaps for the Army and other Services to the DoD T&E Board of Directors as part of the Reliance process. He also served on several Joint Service T&E Science and Technology (S&T) Test Technology Area panels, where he helped shepherd emerging technologies for T&E capabilities in Electronic Warfare and Autonomy.

In September 2017, Mr. Stone was selected to serve as the Technical Director of RTC where he oversees and directs all aspects of the technical test mission for the Center.