Thomas Roberts is a former Navy and Army officer. He is a retired colonel, US Army Intelligence, with over 31 years of military service. He worked for CIA as advisor to Vietnamese Police Field Forces in Binh Dinh Province during the Vietnam War. He is a China Specialist, and a three-time US Military Attaché in China. He opened the US Defense Attaché Office at the new US Embassy in Beijing in 1980. He traveled extensively throughout China and the entire Asia-Pacific region, and had nineteen years’ residence in Asia (China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, Korea and Vietnam), eight years’ residence in Europe (Italy, Germany and Belgium), and two years in Caribbean (Trinidad).
Other duties of note included service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Pentagon), and on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, including international arms control negotiations with Russia in Helsinki and Moscow and with the Warsaw Pact in Vienna, Austria.
He is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College (Honor Graduate) and of the National War College (Research Fellow). After leaving the military he was Regional VP, Southeast Asia, Raytheon Company (resident Singapore); Vice-President Asia-Pacific, ITT Defense (resident Hong Kong); Vice-President Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa, Botswana and Namibia) for ITT Defense; Vice-President Latin America, ITT Defense; and Consultant to ITT on International Marketing, with title/position of Vice-President ITT Defense International (worldwide scope).