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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James
Deputy Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James is the Deputy Director for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the Laboratory’s Chief Operating Officer and responsible for the day-to-day management of resources and activities. This includes managing the Laboratory’s solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science, interplanetary network programs, and all business operations.  These activities employ 5000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and business support personnel, generating $1.5 billion in annual revenues.  Prior to his retirement from the Air Force and his appointment as JPL Deputy Director, James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon.  He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's Senior Intelligence Officer he was directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and led more than 20,000 ISR officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise.  James’ 35 year military career included assignments as a Space Shuttle Payload Specialist, GPS Program Manager, Titan IV Launch Director and Commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, CO.  James has also served on the staffs of US Space Command, Air Force Space Command, and HQ Air Force.  He was commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, CA, responsible for all military satellite, launch and C2 operations, and was Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C.  He was the Director, Space Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.  James received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering (1978) from the US Air Force Academy (Distinguished Graduate) and his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1983) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA.  He was also a Draper Fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge MA. 

Participating Events

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2:00 p.m. to
3:15 p.m.:
Deep Space
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Location: International Center South - Main Stage

Frank Morring Jr.

Senior Editor, Space
Aviation Week and Space Technology

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James

Deputy Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Todd May

SLS Program Manager
NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center

Michael W. Miller

Vice President of Science and Environmental Spacecraft Programs
Orbital ATK

Dr. Alan Stern

Principal Investigator
New Horizons Mission


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