Since July 2011, Dr. Frank Barone has performed as DHPC’s Chief Scientist supporting corporate and customer personnel in all locations (MD, AL, NJ). He provides technical and strategic direction to engineering and development teams and provides direction in complex problem-solving situations. He acts as the liaison for internal and external communications directly with customers and is often called upon by name to respond to methods to overcome evolving threat technologies and methods.
Prior to joining DHPC Technologies, Dr. Barone enjoyed a lengthy career as government civilian with the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division in Washington, DC. While at NRL he established the optical countermeasures techniques laboratory in the optical sciences division where his team developed infrared countermeasure techniques and technology requirements against FLIRS, reticle seekers, and Imaging Seekers. During his time with NRL, he conducted groundbreaking research into the effects of optical scatter on the countermeasure susceptibility of infrared (IR) seekers, which directly led to the understanding of, and ability to explain this phenomenon. While at DHS S&T, he was the Chief Scientist in the Explosives Division and oversaw the Counter-MANPADS programs. These efforts successfully demonstrated the ability to install, maintain and protect commercial airliners from terrorist threats.
Dr. Barone’s work at NRL and at DHPC has contributed to his reputation as an internationally recognized expert in the development and testing of aircraft countermeasures; he has published over 70 papers in journals and proceedings.
Dr. Barone holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York, The City College. He is currently seated on the National Defense Industrial Association, Combat Survivability Division Executive Board and is a member of the IEEE and Military Sensing Symposia on Infrared Countermeasures.