Mr. Jim Thomas is a co-founder and principal with the Telemus Group, which specializes in defense forecasting and analysis. He is an experienced strategist and force planner. Mr. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He has testified frequently before Congress and published numerous analytic studies with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and CNAS. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, American Interest, National Interest, and the Wall Street Journal. Before co-founding the Telemus Group, Mr. Thomas served as Vice President and Director of Studies at CSBA and as a Vice President with Applied Minds, an interdisciplinary rapid technology prototyping company.
Earlier during his tenure in the Pentagon, he served in a variety of policy, planning, and resource analysis posts. He helped stand up the Pentagon’s first Counterproliferation Policy office, chaired a working group on WMD terrorism in the 1994 Nuclear Posture Review, and managed the work program of the NATO Senior Defense Group on Proliferation from 1995-1997. Later, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resources and Plans, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, advising the Secretary on the development of U.S. defense strategy, guidance for conventional force planning, resource assessment, and the oversight of war plans. Mr. Thomas spearheaded the 2005-2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and was the principal author of the 2006 QDR Report to Congress. A former US Naval Reserve officer, Mr. Thomas served as an analyst in the Office of Naval Intelligence and watch officer in the National Military Joint Intelligence Center. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an MA in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a BA degree with high honors in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.