Mr. Robert E. (Rob) Stone currently serves as the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), Executive Director. He entered Federal Service in May of 2000 at the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC), Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Stone received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1985. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level III certification in Test and Evaluation. Mr. Stone brings 36 years of experience in lifecycle test and evaluation to the senior civilian position at WSMR. His experience spans aviation and aviation systems, missiles, and sensor weapon systems across the T&E domains of open air range testing, modeling and simulation (M&S) and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL).
Prior to joining Federal Service, Mr. Stone was a contractor engineer at Redstone Arsenal, AL where he developed and executed all digital simulations and real time HWIL laboratories in support of testing for Longbow Hellfire, PATRIOT PAC-3, THAAD and GBI missile systems. Upon joining ATTC in 2000, he served as the Data Processing Division lead engineer responsible for aircraft experimental flight test data collection and analysis and as a Flight Test Engineer testing Army aircraft on multiple open air ranges.
He later served as the Chief of the Integrated Systems Test Division and Chief of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Division. During these assignments Mr. Stone led missile warning systems, sensors and weapon system testing across all Army rotary and fixed wing platforms, as well as sensor and weapons integration on UAS such as the RQ-7B Shadow and MQ-1C Gray Eagle platforms.
Mr. Stone transitioned back to Redstone Arsenal in 2010 when ATTC and the Redstone Technical Test Center were combined to form Redstone Test Center (RTC). There he led the RTC Technical Director’s Advanced Technology Office, and served as the Senior Advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to current and future test capabilities at the Center.
In September 2017, Mr. Stone was selected as the Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander of RTC with responsibilities for leading the full spectrum technical test mission in the areas of aviation, small missiles and weapon sensors. Additionally he was responsible for managing the Center’s test capability portfolio as well as technical and leadership development of a 1300 person workforce for the Center.
In April of 2021, Mr. Stone was selected as the Interim Executive Director White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). In October of 2021, he entered the Senior Executive Service as the Executive Director and the Deputy to the Commander, White Sands Missile Range in support of all aspects of the Commanding General’s roles as both WSMR Senior Mission Commander and ATEC Deputy Commanding General for Developmental Testing.