James Olson
Executive Director, National Security Research
Research & Innovation Office

James brings more than 30 years of experience in strategy, program management and leadership in defense and commercial science and technology systems. After completing a successful 24-year military career, he continued supporting defense and commercial programs delivering sophisticated science and technology systems that created revenue growth for large Fortune 500 companies like Ball Aerospace and Raytheon. 

James’ background and achievements include the full spectrum of satellite acquisition, environmental prediction and information technology systems and services. His expertise and corporate experience include directing profit and loss activities, corporate strategy, C-level coordination and developing internal and external customer relationships. Most recently, James leveraged his knowledge of space technology acquisition as an entrepreneur and created and sold a business concept for a future space-based sensing system.