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Thomas Littleton, PhD

Associate Chief Information Officer (Acting) for Sector Cyber Coordination

Thomas LittletonDr. Thomas Littleton is the U.S. Department of Transportation Associate Chief Information Officer (Acting) for Sector Cyber Coordination. In this capacity Dr. Littleton leads a team of cyber risk management professionals dedicated to ensuring America’s transportation infrastructure is secure and resilient by design.  Dr. Littleton joins the Office of the Chief Information Officer from the Federal Aviation Administration, where his duties included airport cybersecurity and the integration of commercial space launch operations at airports. Previously, Dr. Littleton served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, the Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight at the Federal Transit Administration, and the Accident Investigation and Prevention Division Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration.
Before these assignments, Dr. Littleton was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, serving more than 20 years with command assignments at all levels.  While in the Air Force he flew the F-16 for most of his career and was a development pilot for the F-35 program.  Dr. Littleton flew 172 combat missions and logged more than 600 hours of flight time in combat, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals.  Dr. Littleton also worked as a test pilot for a major aerospace manufacturer, and as a private military contractor flying high-risk security missions around the globe.  Dr. Littleton earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University, with a specialization on Homeland Security Leadership and Policy.  Most recently Dr. Littleton earned a Premier Certificate in “Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age” from Harvard University. He also holds Masters’ degrees from the U.S. Air Force Air University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College.  Dr. Littleton is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College, the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, and is a best-selling author.  Additionally, Dr. Littleton has over 4,500 hours of military and civilian flight time, holds an Airline Transport Pilot license, an unrestricted B-737 type rating, is a Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor, and is an experienced test pilot and check pilot.