Thomas Humplik, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Dr. Thomas Humplik specializes in wargaming, technical weapon use and concept of employment development, operations analysis, and force development. His recent work has focused on understanding the roles, risks, and opportunities of high-end weapon systems in future conflicts. He has also assisted in the design, development, and adjudication of wargames that have helped senior decision makers with risk assessment and force design spanning the tactical, operational, and strategic level. He is currently on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low-Intensity Combat where he is a Policy Analyst for SOF Analytics and Acquisition for Defense Policy.

Prior to joining CNA, Humplik was a post-doctoral associate at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM, where he established experimental methods to characterize electrolyte flow through thermal battery electrodes used for power generation in high-end weapon systems.

Humplik has a Ph.D and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University.