AdaIC News Summer 1997

AJPO Chief on Special Assignment from West Point

Since January, the Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office (AJPO) has been Lieutenant Colonel John A. (Drew) Hamilton, Jr., US Army. LTC Hamilton’s permanent assignment is Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point.

LTC Hamilton brings a wide range of experience to the AJPO; he has been both a practitioner and an instructor in software engineering; and he has extensive experience both on the development side and from the position of the warfighters who must rely on the software.

LTC Hamilton has been an Army Field Artillery officer since 1979, after being commissioned with a B.A. in Journalism from Texas Tech University. During the 1980s, he held various Field Artillery assignments, commanding four field-artillery batteries: Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery; Battery A, 8th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery; Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery; and Battery F, 7th Field Artillery.

LTC Hamilton received an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1987, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University in 1990. He graduated from the Naval War College with distinction in 1992. Thereafter, he was Chief of the Software Engineering Branch and later of the Officer Training Division at the Army Computer Science School at Fort Gordon, Ga., later joining the faculty of the Military Academy.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1996, with a doctoral dissertation entitled “Multilevel Simulation of Discrete Network Models”. His publications have ranged from historical studies in Field Artillery to more recent works in simulation and distributed systems. His book, Distributed Simulation, written with Major David A. Nash and Dr. Udo W. Pooch, was recently published by CRC Press.

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