Raymond J. Curts, PhD, CDR, USN, (Ret.) was born December 2, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an American citizen. He graduated from Vandalia Community High School, Vandalia, Illinois in 1965. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1970 and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. In December 1972 he earned his wings as a Naval Aviator and was assigned to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Returning to the continental United States in 1976, he served as an instructor pilot in the Navy's Advanced Jet Training Command in Beeville, Texas where he earned a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from Webster College of St. Louis, Missouri.

During tours of duty in Norfolk, Virginia; Rota, Spain; and Key West, Florida, he served as the A-3B NATOPS Model Manager (NMM), the Training Model Manager (TMM) and the A-3B Director of Training, and was responsible for all A-3B aircrew and maintenance training Navy-wide. CDR Curts’ final tour was at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters (SPAWAR) in Washington, DC where he spent five years as the Navy's Electronic Warfare Architect. During this time he earned a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University and retired from active duty in 1992.

Since that time Dr. Curts has worked in support of numerous DoD and Navy programs as a defense contractor and has conducted a variety of studies in the areas of Information Architectures, Interoperability and Information Assurance. Currently Dr. Curts supports the Department of State’s Information Assurance program, serves as an Adjunct Professor of Information Technology and Engineering at both George Mason and George Washington Universities, and is involved in standards making and investigative bodies associated with IEEE, NDIA, CCRP, ITAA, NIAP, AFCEA and others.

Dr. Curts has been involved with Information Technology research for many years. His primary areas of interest include:

  • Information Assurance
  • Information Security
  • Interoperability
  • Information Architectures
  • Inferency Methodologies
  • Risk, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Organizational Aspects of Information Architectures

Dr. Curts continues to speak, write and chair research studies in each of these areas.