Dr. John Montgomery Receives Bisson Prize


7/31/1998 - 47-98r
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Dr. John A. Montgomery, Superintendent of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Tactical Electronic Warfare Division (TEWD), is the 1998 recipient of the Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Naval Technology Achievement. Dr. Montgomery is the second recipient of the award, which honors the late Dr. Arthur E. Bisson who was the Director of Science and Technology (S&T) at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) from 1993 to 1996. RADM Paul. G. Gaffney, Chief of Naval Research, will present the award at a ceremony at NRL on August 7.

The ONR Bisson Prize recognizes a person who has successfully translated research findings into substantive fleet programs that meet critical Navy requirements. Dr. Bisson provided a model of principled, effective leadership in transitioning science and technology to naval capabilities. In his last assignment as Director of S&T at ONR, he was a prime mover in the integration of all naval S&T to a single command, ONR, where new technology develops from earliest scientific concepts through prototyping and manufacture. His integrated program provides the Navy with a new paradigm for faster and better coordinated S&T transition to the Fleet.

As Superintendent of NRL's TEWD, Dr. Montgomery leads the Navy's premier laboratory for EW technology, which conducts of a comprehensive program of research and development. His team of scientific, technical, and administrative personnel provide new and advanced concepts in EW that improve the ability of the Navy to perform its vital mission.

Dr. Montgomery has orchestrated the transition, from concept to prototype to fielded capability, of a great number of EW technologies, developed the Navy's solution to the Wartime Reserve Mode problem, and initiated successful ship and aircraft decoy programs. Two systems of particular current note are the Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) and the infrared countermeasures (IR Multi-Cloud) systems which Dr. Montgomery played a pivotal role in transitioning to the fleet. These systems provide revolutionary new capabilities to the Fleet. IR Multi-Cloud provides the ability to counter both current and emerging IR imaging based seekers which present a major threat to U.S. ships in the littoral environment.

TEWD is now the Department of Defense (DoD) leader for SEI and is responsible for SEI systems for merchant ship tracking, support of OSD counter-proliferation activities, and sensors for counter-narcotics programs. In the past year, SEI systems have been fielded at land sites and on ships and aircraft worldwide.

Dr. Montgomery came to NRL as a research physicist in 1968. He was a member of the Advanced Techniques Branch of the Electronic Warfare Division where he conducted a wide range of EW research programs. In 1980, he was selected to head the Off-Board Countermeasures Branch. In 1985, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and was selected as Superintendent of TEWD.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Montgomery has pioneered expendable countermeasures for ships and aircraft. Hundreds of U.S. Navy ships, many ships from allied nations, and virtually all our aircraft, are equipped with systems for which he has had responsibility. He has specialized in the development of new EW technologies and in their rapid reduction to practice in the form of deployed, operational systems. More than 30 such systems have reached operational status as a direct result. Significant impact has been achieved in the application of advanced technologies to solve unusual or severe operational deficiencies resulting from world crises, most recently in the Persian Gulf. Dr. Montgomery has been a major contributor to the Navy's EW Technology Base Program in partnership with ONR, and has resolved crucial EW issues for the Navy and DoD that have decided their future EW directions.

Dr. Montgomery received his B.A. in 1967, and M.A. in 1969, both in physics from North Texas State University, Denton, Texas. He received his PhD. in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1982.

Dr. Montgomery was awarded the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award in 1991, the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive award in 1988, and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1986. In addition, he has received the Association of Old Crows (electronic defense association) Joint Services Award in 1993, the Capital Club Technical Award in 1992, and the Silver Medal Certificate Award in 1982. He was an NRL Edison Scholar, and is a member of Sigma Xi. He also has served as the U.S. National Leader of The Technical Cooperation Program's Multinational Group on Electronic Warfare since 1986, and currently also serves as the Executive Chairman. Before 1986, he served as the U.S. Navy member of this Group. During his career, Dr. Montgomery has published more than 60 reports, papers, and articles and has contributed hundreds of formal presentations, lectures, and briefings. He was recently honored for his contributions to one of NRL's 75 Innovations- the "Super Rapid-Blooming Offboard Chaff System."



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