Lt. Col. Jimmy “Reverend” Jones joined DARPA in October 2016 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. Prior to his arrival, he was the chief of the Advanced Countermeasures Branch in Air Force Special Programs at the Pentagon.
Lt. Col. Jones is a U.S. Air Force test pilot with combat experience as a Wild Weasel flying suppression of enemy air defenses missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has flown F-16s as a test pilot and operationally in Germany, South Korea, and at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and has more than 2,000 flying hours in over 30 types of aircraft.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, as well as a second master’s in flight test engineering from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. He is working on his doctorate in electrical engineering at Arizona State University.