Thomas C. Gillespie

Director, DoD IACs
Defense Technical Information Center


Thomas Gillespie is currently the Director of the Department of Defense Information Analysis Centers (IAC), under the oversight of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). In this position, he oversees the operational management of, and policy guidance for, three IAC Basic Centers of Operations and three multiple award contracts totaling $13 billion in technical research and analysis. With thousands of scientists and engineers throughout the U.S. and overseas, the IACs provide strategic studies and build communities of interest in areas of critical importance to the DoD, including cyber operations, weapon systems, and homeland defense.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gillespie served for 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps in the communications field as an enlisted Marine and officer, retiring in 2009. His assignments included a variety of staff and command positions in communications and Operations Research, supporting manpower and testing commands. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Gillespie served as a Senior Analyst for the Program Assessment and Evaluation division of HQ, U.S. Marine Corps, Programs & Resources.

Mr. Gillespie holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Classics from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Harvard University, and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.