Rear Admiral (retired) James Basil Godwin III transitioned from the United States Navy in 2006 after 33 years of service, which included extensive experience in critical program and fiscal management, systems integration, problem solving, Foreign Military Sales and successful program delivery in the Defense domain. He is a decorated Naval Aviator with fleet assignments in both the A-7 Corsair II and the F/A-18 Hornet with more than 4500 flight hours embarked in numerous Carrier Air Wings and Carrier Strike Groups which were involved in combat operations. He served as the Program Executive Officer (Tactical Aircraft) overseeing design, development and life-cycle sustainment of the F/A-18 Fleet, the E-2D, EA-6B and all facets of supply chain management related to production of those weapons systems. While he was PEO(T), he was asked by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy to assist him in conducting a technical review of the F-35 at a critical juncture in the program. He is Founder and President of BriteWerx, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing consulting services in the Aerospace, Information Technology, Cyber and Disruptive Technology Development Fields. He has served in numerous military commands and executive leadership roles in the Defense Industry, and as well currently serves on several Boards in various capacities. He’s a graduate of Tulane University with a BS in Civil Engineering and is certified Level III in program management from the Defense Acquisition University. He and his wife Karen have 4 adult children who in turn have 7 grandchildren.
Because of the unsatisfied needs related to REE and the urgency of these requirements, we believe it’s important to focus on the major reasons why these capabilities need to be explored in short order.