Board Member

Founder, Owner, and President, DBE Consulting LLC

Jim’s career in public service began in the Army, where his service included a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam for which he received the Bronze Star. Jim worked in the Army’s Night Vision Laboratory for five years before becoming a program manager and office director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects, assuming the mantle of acting director. His foray into the private sector includes senior executive positions at Martin Marietta Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lockheed Martin. Jim was appointed director of Defense Threat Reduction Agency in 2005, and as a director of Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. DBE consults for the government and private sector on nonproliferation and counterproliferation issues related to weapons of mass destruction.

He twice served as chairman of the Army Science Board and is currently a member of the Defense Science Board; he has served as the assistant undersecretary of defense and acting deputy undersecretary of defense in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and as a member of the Society of Sigma Xi. Jim lectures as a research professor at the University of New Mexico and Georgetown University; is chairman of the Governor of New Mexico’s Military Base Planning Commission, former chairman, Kirtland Partnership Committee; and a member of the Department of State International Security Advisory Board. He graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in physics, earned a master’s in engineering from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of America.