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Tom Lee is a retired US Air Force Colonel who served over 26 years in various operational, planning, and intelligence assignments worldwide. The son of a federal civil servant, he lived overseas in the Far East and Middle East during his formative years. He graduated from high school at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Tulane University where he was a member of the Naval ROTC Crack Drill Team. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama where he also met his future wife. Tom continued his education at Columbia University in New York City where he received his Master of International Affairs degree from the School of International Affairs after a two year multi-disciplined course of study.
He was commissioned in late 1962 at the Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas at the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served as an Air Defense Weapons Controller and Identification Officer at two NORAD SAGE Sectors on the Northern Tier of the United States. Hoping to better use his educational background he crosstrained into the intelligence career field and attended the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center (AFAITC) located at Lowry AFB, Colorado. He was awarded the dual specialty codes of Air Intelligence Officer and Photo Intelligence Officer. Most of his career was spent in the operational side of Air Force intelligence as a Targets Officer. Beginning as a fighter wing targeteer in the United Kingdom with the F100 equipped 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, he remained in the targeting business for the next quarter century. He served in targeting activities on the Air Staff in the Pentagon during the latter part of the Vietnam War, and was a member of the USAF Linebacker Targets Group that recommended North Vietnamese targets to the White House. He wrote and implemented the DoD Targeting Course at AFAITC which trained DoD targeting personnel for the next 15 years until its ill-advised demise.
At Offutt AFB, Nebraska he served as a senior SIOP analyst and planner with the JCS Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. He developed significant nuclear planning packages against the former Soviet Union. As the Targets Chief for the US Pacific Command at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, his targeting team put the first Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles on line and recommended many of the improvements that make it the preferred strike weapons today. He revitalized target analysis programs that underpinned PACOM target planning and modernized the targeting data bases.
As the Director of Targets, HQ USAF between 1984 and 1988 he provided targeting expertise for Air Staff operational contingency planning. He was active in USAF special projects including the F117A Stealth fighter.
During 1968-1969 Tom served in the DoD Project 404 as an in-country "black" targeteer during the Secret War in Laos. He was a US Embassy target validation officer for South Laos, developed special targeting strike packages against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, served as the combat intelligence officer for the RAVEN forward air controllers, and advised the Lao Armed Forces. He flew over 100 missions in Laos as the "Guy in Back". Tom retired from the Air Force in 1988 and resides in Northern Virginia. He works for Science Applications International Corporation. Tom is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.
November 2001

Association of Former Intelligence Officers
National Military Intelligence Association
Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood
Air Commando Association
American Legion, China Post 1 - Worldwide

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