Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum was appointed as Chief of the German Cyber and Information Domain Service in September 2020, having served as the Chief of Staff at the Cyber and Information Domain Service Headquarters since April 2019.
Dr Daum joined the Bundeswehr as an officer candidate in 1981. After studying computer science at the Bundeswehr University in Munich and completing his naval officer education, he received first command assignments on seagoing units. From 1996 onwards, he took part in the two year admiral staff officers’ training at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg.
During his career as a senior officer, he has held multiple assignments at command headquarters and at the Federal Ministry of Defence, where he served in the areas of CIS support/C4ISR as well as concepts and capability analysis. He was also given command assignments at home and abroad, especially as commander of a fast patrol boat squadron, also on NATO operations.
He served as Head of the Information Technology Directorate at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), from 2012 to 2015, and as Chief of Staff and Deputy General Manager as well as Chief Operating Officer of the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) in Brussels, Belgium, from 2015 to 2019.