Ed Jones

Edward J. Jones

Co-founder, Vice President and Principal Engineer

Black Owl Consulting, Inc.

4826 Humaston Road, Rome, NY 13440-1731

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico due to my Father being in the Air Force. We moved to Louisiana, Texas, Maine, Guam (1st grade) and Alabama (2nd-5th grade) before ending up in Rome. I started school in Rome in 6th grade at Stokes School and went to then Laurel Street School. After graduation from RFA I entered the Air Force where I was a B-52 radar repairman and provided support to the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. I married Beth Ann Smith in July 1974. I left the Air Force in Sep 1974 and went to MVCC and then to SUNY at Buffalo where I received a BSEE in Microwave Communication Systems both paid for by the GI Bill. I then started at then Rome Air Development Center (Rome Lab now the Air Force Research Lab) in June 1979 as a project engineer developing new technologies for space-based reconnaissance systems. In 1983 I received a MSEE from Syracuse University. I was promoted to Branch Chief in 1988 in charge of the Design Analysis Branch, System Reliability Division where I lead a team to develop more reliable airborne surveillance and electronic warfare systems. During this time I provided support to NATO, and to the wars in Bosnia and Desert Storm. I also performed work in Russia, Korea, Hungary, Australia, Egypt and several other countries. In 2001 I took a “Career Broadening Assignment” at the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia where I was in charge of preforming world-wide National Intelligence Community duties supporting the wars in the Middle East and South America. In 2004 I was asked to lead a large joint service and intelligence agency team to rapidly conceive, develop, field test, mature and then transition new covert reconnaissance techniques to locate, track, and then rescue three American personnel that were downed while flying a joint United States-Colombian clandestine counternarcotics mission over Colombia (if you would like more info on this then read their book “Out of Captivity Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle” by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes). In 2008 I returned to Rome Lab where in 2010 I became the Division Chief for the Advanced Computing Division. I retired from the Government in 2011 with 36 years of service. Over my Government career I spent time in 26 countries (requiring 13 passports), I wrote 57 technical papers and one book, and developed two patents. I received numerous decorations and awards including the Outstanding Civilian Career Medal, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal (the civilian equivalent to the Bronze Star), the NRO Innovation and Achievement Award, and many others. I also received some very unique and cool training; e.g., I am M-9 and M16A2 Weapons Qualified; Anti-Terrorism Driver Training that included IED detection and avoidance and high speed M998 off road driving; SERE Code of Conduct training (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape); Desert and Jungle Warfare Survival Training; and Aircraft Flight Crew Qualified on the UH-60, UH-1 and C-130 aircraft.


In 2011 my wife and I co-founded Black Owl Consulting, Inc. in-order to provide a “Skunk Works Like Approach” to supporting our DoD and Intelligence Community customers in “leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our nations’ air, ground and space forces.”


Our family: we have two kids and to grand kids.

Pets: we have two horses and two cats.

Hobbies: horseback riding in NY and out west, I am a master scuba diver (I have dove on 59 World War-2 wreaks and numerous shark dives), I am a Black Belt in Karate, skydiver and compete at the national level in long range rifle target shooting.

2004: Working with the US Army SOFs in South America and we had a major aircraft fire while flying a special mission (lucky to be alive)

2001-2002: Working a special mission in the desert above an enemy encampment

Beth, I and friends doing a helicopter tour of Kauai, Hawaii (2012), and
Bob Denton and I did the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb, Australia (2009)

Beth and I on a scuba diving trip to Belize with Delta Divers (2010) and me skydiving (2013)

Beth and I horseback riding in Arizona (2013) and having a few beers in St. Maarten

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