After serving as an Air Force officer for 26 years, Thomas "Tim" Davidson made spending time with family and planning vacations his top priorities when exploring career options in the civilian job market.
"I'd plenty of time that I had given in service to my country, and I really owed my family some payback," Davidson says. "I wanted to make sure there was adequate time to plan for a vacation ... and actually execute that operation plan."
Training, Education Applicable to Job
In his current role as vice president of Transecur, Inc. and International Security Management based in Potomac, Davidson helps to manage what he describes as "a group of people who try to make some predictions."
"One of the things that we try to do is see things coming well enough in advance so that they're not reacting at the last minute," Davidson says. "What we're looking at is ... given what we know of world affairs and this particular leader, where do we believe the situation is going to go?" He says.
Davidson finds his education background useful when making those decisions. He studied international relations early in his career at the Air Force Academy, and also for his master's degree at Florida State University.
"Having been in combat, knowing how bad it can be, staying aware of the international affairs activities around the world ... and my education, are directly applicable to what I do today."
Varied Air Force Roles
Davidson's Air Force career included flying as a pilot, writing scenarios for war games, working with the Secretary of Defense on requirements issues for special operations, and involvement in the counter-drug field. "In my particular process, I had one of those eclectic careers," Davidson says.
During his initial transition, Davidson drew on his range of experience to work as a consultant for government and non-government organizations, including Tracor Applied Sciences, Inc., Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Science Applications International Corporation.
"In some cases, being able to go back to when I was a captain working on developing scenarios was very useful," Davidson says. "That was also very useful in one project that SAIC had given me ... for future strategies as we looked toward 2025. It was very, very important to be able to think ahead."
Living in D.C.
Living and working in the D.C. metropolitan area is advantageous for many transitioning out of a military career, says Davidson.
"Decisions are made here," he says. "This opens up a tremendous number of opportunities for people who have had an eclectic type of career. In almost every area throughout my military career, there was some company that had something to do in that area - either from a policy standpoint, a product, or some kind of consulting services."
Editor's note: This article by Kathleen Brill, was aquired by washingtonpost.com on April 14, 2003.