In 1995, Gretchen Toliver was hired as a physicist in the Joint Warfare Applications Department of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. In this position Ms. Toliver was responsible for the development of methods to estimate and evaluate collateral damage to non-military entities due to kinetic weapon attack. The methods her team initiated led to the development of the Collateral Damage Estimation Tool (CDET). This tool was first used extensively in Operation Allied Force and remains in use by military action planners today.
In 2000, Ms. Toliver joined the Research and Development (R&D) Directorate of the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC), a joint operation al command also located in Dahlgren, Virginia. At JWAC, she led the Strategic Concepts Team and is currently the Program Manager for Modeling & Analysis at the Command. In this position, she leads the R&D of new data, analytic modeling, and visualization techniques that are applied operationally to JWAC’s problem sets for military customers.
Ms. Toliver earned a bachelor’s degree in physics with a mathematics minor from Randolph-Macon College in 1995. She completed a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University in 2001.
Defense Modeling and Simulation Award (Dept of Defense Modeling & Simulation Office)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 instances-1998 and 2002)
Robert L. Hudson Leadership Award
Letter of Commendation from the Joint Warfare Analysis Center