Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK – News) announced today that James B. Armor Jr., Ret. Major General U.S. Air Force, former Director of National Security Space Office, has been named Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Spacecraft Systems and Engineering Services for ATK Space Systems. Armor will be responsible for all strategic direction, competitive intelligence, business development and proposals within Spacecraft Systems and Services.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jim join the ATK Space Systems team,” said Tom Wilson, vice president, ATK Space System’s Spacecraft Systems and Services business. “His unmatched experience in aerospace and knowledge of the Department of Defense and intelligence space community will greatly enhance ATK as we continue to provide innovative satellite solutions.”
General Armor retired in 2008 following a distinguished 35-year career in the Air Force. His last position was serving as Director of the National Security Space Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, where he was responsible for integrating and coordinating defense and intelligence space activities to achieve unity of effort and advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Director, National Intelligence, on matters affecting national security space capabilities.
Other top positions General Armor held included; Director of Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office; Vice Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center; System Program Director, and Program Director of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center.
He was commissioned in 1973 through the ROTC program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where he received degrees in psychology and electrical engineering. He later earned a Masters in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Since retiring from the Air Force, General Armor established an aerospace consulting firm and has been actively working space issues with industry, professional and government leadership, including participation on National Academies committees examining the future of U.S. military and civil space programs.
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