Whitley was stationed at Adams Air Force Base. He made ED-E, and sent it to Navarro with technical data for similarly upgrading eyebots to ED-E's advanced standards. Whitley was very attached to ED-E, acting more like a father than a creator, even showing it children's TV shows.
He wouldn't allow any of the Enclave Hellfire armor tests to cause pain to ED-E and set it free Colonel Augustus Autumn ordered the Duraframe eyebots to be disassembled to make Hellfire armor. His belief that Camp Navarro is still operational suggests that he is not aware of its loss. His current status, as of 2281, is unknown.
Grant: Ah, Whitley, There you are. Orders from Colonel Autumn. He feels the eyebot duraframe project isn't advancing fast enough. I'm to...
Grant: Don't be ridiculous! It's just a machine! See here? I've already increased the navigation system's efficiency by 65%.
Grant: Fine, Whitley. It's your lab...at least until I tell the colonel about this.
Whitley's voice is distinctively different in the base game compared to in Lonesome Road.