James has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry and has strong expertise in space systems, military combat aircraft, advanced radar systems, electronic warfare, air-air and air-ground weapons, communications, system engineering, and military operations. In his capacity as Vice President, Military Aerospace, James is responsible for the military space related programs across the company with an emphasis on missile defense systems, high energy laser/optics, and new small satellite and rocket innovations. Prior to joining Schafer, James was the Director of Radar Systems at Trident Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for developing and executing the corporate business plan for advanced software for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and small satellite systems. Before that he was the Chief Engineer at Harris, Inc. where he was the originator and leader of a cross divisional team of program manager, engineers and scientists in advanced communications, sensors, mission control, and data processing technologies and systems. He was also the Deputy Division Manager at ENSCO, Inc. where he was responsible for the technical and business success of advanced research and development programs in radar, navigation, optical, and sensor signal processing. In this capacity he was also the Director of Business Development. Prior to that, he was the Director of Electronic Systems at System Planning Corporation and was responsible for the design, manufacturing, and installation of Radar Cross Section measurement radars for the U.S. Army. Before his private tenure, James served in the United States Air Force for 6 years as a Weapon Systems Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer. There he achieved an expert rating in F4D and F4E fighter aircraft in conventional air-air, air-ground, and nuclear weapons delivery with over 1000 missions. He was twice designated as a Wing Top Gun, the highest competitive unit award. James has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Microwave/RF Theory, from Cornell University. He also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.