Tom Baumbach is chief technical officer at Dynetics, serving as a key advisor for the company's technical pursuits.
Baumbach began his career as a systems analyst at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1968, where he wrote physics-based simulations of ballistic missile interceptors engaging threat maneuvering reentry vehicles. The engagement simulations formed the nucleus of more complex Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system models that evolved into a tool set to predict the effectiveness of game theoretic-based preferential defense models for many-on-many battle management strategies. In its final form, the model included prompt nuclear effects as well as dust entrainment predictions based on a series of subscale HE tests and the erosion effects of the dust on interceptor controllability.
Baumbach followed BMD technology to start a practice with several of his Bell Telephone Lab co-workers at Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE). There he continued to build and use various simulations and models to estimate BMD subsystem performance as well as system level effectiveness. After taking over a small radar research group at TBE, he turned his attention to modeling energy management of range constrained BMD search radars, building models of radar signal processing alternatives and contributed to work on bulk-filtering and track initiation of targets in the presence of booster tank break-up debris.
Baumbach joined Dynetics in 1975 where he led his group in synthesizing Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile (ABM) defense systems and modeling the dynamics and effectiveness of candidate concepts. He contributed to early assessments of foreign ABM systems performance using simulations.
He rejoined TBE in Costa Mesa, Calif., working on conventional AntiSatellite systems for the Air Force. He built comprehensive models of the U.S. Space Surveillance system that included
queuing effects that were integrated into an early event-based engagement model for the conventional ASAT system. Later he synthesized a detailed model of the Miniature Air Launched Vehicle IR sensor and its performance in an environment where earth-limb and zodiacal light affect detection and tracking performance. He developed the first physics-based debris model for a foreign satellite and used it to predict kill assessment performance of the Space Surveillance network.
He rejoined Dynetics in 1980 and led an effort to model and predict the effectiveness and outcome of large scale nuclear exchanges between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, including the effects of enemy air defenses engaging penetrating bombers. He led his group in modeling efforts to improve the early EADSIM component simulations and oversaw the development of models that led to balancing the system requirements for a family of X-band radars and ultimately the THAAD radar, as well as for the SBX.
In 1989 Baumbach and Dr. Marc Bendickson built the first financial model of Dynetics that formed the basis of a buy-out of the Dynetics founders via an ESOP trust. The partners enhanced the financial model in the intervening years, and it continues to serve as the main predictive tool for the business.
Baumbach holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor's in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a graduate of Stanford University's Financial Management Program and Senior Executive Program for Growing Companies.
He served as president of Dynetics from 1997 until 2013 and held previous roles as executive vice president and division manager of the Advanced Technology Division, manager of the Systems Technology Department, and project manager for Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (SSDC) Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETAC) subcontract support.