James Todd

Work History

Work History
Feb 2009 - Present


James R Todd Consulting

Current initiatives include:- Finalized support, in a co-facilitator context, to Orange County based Project Management Institute pre-certification study group. Sessions meet weekly, utilizing the PMI materials - "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge", Third Edition (PMBOK Guide). Recently lead discussion on Chapter 3 - Project Management Processes for a Project. This chapter is the conceptual "glue", which develops the conceptual scaffolding upon which the remaining chapters provide the process oriented details of artifacts produced, utilized, and managed.- Invited participation by my friend and professional associate Ron Ogan, when he presented on radio frequency identification (RFID), history, theory, technologies, and production level hardware demonstrations. This was presented on 27 April 2008 at the University of San Diego, under the title "RFID Technology, Limitations, and Applications". He was the invited speaker by Kathleen Kramer, Ph.D. Dr. Kramer is currently director of Engineering Programs and Professor of Electrical Engineering at USD. Ron Ogan, is currently is a Senior Systems Engineer, working on airborne radar systems at Raytheon Systems Company, Forest, MS. Ron is on the AESS Governors Board of the IEEE.- As a user of LinkedIn, I have invested time and effort to complete my profile (move toward the 100% mark), utilize the "Reading List by Amazon" application, and to explore other LinkedIn applications. Toward that end, I have built an list of reading materials that are applicable to the discipline of project / program management.- On LinkedIn - some use of applications:Reading List by Amazon.SlideShare Presentations.Company Buzz.WordPress.Box.net Files.Huddle Workspaces.My Travel..

Nov 2008 - Jan 2009


Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Provided systems engineering, software systems engineering, and project management services to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector on the Battle Command Product Line.The Army program name is FBCB2 (Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below).Supported SWB3 (software block 3) - conducted analyses of software block 2 product, particular attention to the variable message format (VMF) message prosed changes. Authored materials presented to Army documenting proposed changes to move to SWB3.Supported BFT2 SRR3 - Assessed the impact of hardware changes, e.g., changing satellite transceiver and associated encryption, to develop level 3 software requirements for vehicle. Software is divided across core assets, network operations center, and vehicle. Authored materials presented to Army via SRR3 documenting new and level 3 software requirements across the Blue Force Tracking (BFT2) product line.

Jun 2004 - Jun 2008

Program Manager

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Provided program management proposal support to Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc.Provided program management and systems engineering services to the Boeing Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) program in Anaheim.Provided program management and systems engineering services to the Boeing Sea Based X-Band Radar program in Anaheim, with limited on-going consultancy support.Provided systems engineering services to Boeing B-1B Programs, using spiral development methodologies. Role and responsibilities included support to systems engineering and specialty engineering organizations in a mentoring capacity for requirements analysis and management. Support included representing the programs to Boeing tool infrastructure best-practices working groups and the engineering tools working group. Client was the B-1B bomber programs system engineering manager in Long Beach.

May 2000 - May 2004


Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Provided network systems engineering, software systems engineering, and project management services to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Defense Mission Systems, Command Launch Equipment (CLE) software project for the Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense Segment (GMDS), formerly the National Missile Defense (NMD) Program.The CLE software plans the intercept trajectory, commands the booster, and monitors its status. The software communicates with the booster during prelaunch checkout until the time it commands the booster to launch. Role and responsibilities included requirements analysis and management using Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) as computer-aided systems engineering tool. Client was site engineering manager and deputy on-site manager

Oct 1999 - Apr 2000


Rockwell Collins

Provided systems engineering, systems architecture, and software development services for Total Entertainment System (TES) product line. TES is an in-flight entertainment system for Boeing / Airbus commercial aircraft.Developed, analyzed, and documented engineering requirements. Authored software architecture and other documentation for a C++ based system using NT based systems (Word and DOORS).

Jan 1997 - Aug 1998


B/E Aerospace

Provided systems engineering and program office support to Boeing Line Fit and airline programs. Interacted with other performing organizations, including software and production.Worked with principal hardware design engineers, translating systems requirements into board level designs for line replaceable units, using state-of-art components for through-put and design for testability.Developed systems engineering organization, groupware management of requirements, modeling and simulations, and test / return materiel data analysis databases (Visual Basic and structured query language). Modeling and simulations were developed using Altia for a graphic users interface and Foresight for simulating embedded / distributed system inputs, processing (real-time in C and other languages), and displays.Authored system requirement specification of Multi-media Digital Distribution System (MDDS).Analyzed performance, built-in test data, and system / software trouble reports from installation of Boeing 747/400 MDDS to track system availability statistics. Recommended changes to data collection methods and corrective action to MDDS designs.

Jan 1995 - Nov 1996


Texas Instruments

Supported the missile systems part of Texas Instruments.Developed systems engineering management process text, consistent with Texas Instruments best-practices, IEEE standards, and MIL-STD-499B.Developed design verification plans for software systems organization, using System Level Automation Tool for Enterprise (SLATE).Recommended changes to SLATE features, directly influencing features included in next SLATE product release.Managed resume review for site systems engineering manager.Trained professional search firms to find critically needed engineers.Applied computer-aided system engineering (CASE) tools, including simulation development and electronic warfare upgrade (to ADA) assessments to legacy systems.

Mar 1976 - Dec 1993

Scientist / Engineer

Electro-Optical Systems:Functioned as administrative / systems test department manager. Context was high-security, (e.g., TEMPEST) environment for unit-under-test (UUT) operations. Achieved significant risk reduction, shortened test cycle, and reduced costs-while meeting contractual commitments.Defined and directed new business initiatives, developed asset tracking / data base management structured query software application to run on personal computers and networks.Directed data center and computer center technical operations. Computer center technical operations included interface with high-data-rate automated test equipment.Ensured Integration Laboratory operations support to Class 1000 cleanrooms. Laboratory operations were mixture of high-bay, low-bay, and optics bench facilities. Managed a staff of several test engineers and test technicians (laboratory / facility operations). Managed rebuild of optics test bench and cryogenic-spin fixture after multi-vehicle sensor (MVS) destroyed with fixtures while undergoing test; full-operational recovery within 90-days.Managed Five-Year Capital Plans for integration & test laboratory, in support of several closed-door special program operations.Radar and Ground Systems:Supported roof-house operations, hands-on hardware integration & test of arrays of flight-certified programmable signal processors LRUs with telemetry tape recorders, soft-copy CRT displays, and wet-film reconnaissance imagery developers / printers.Supported advanced avionics systems retrofits and flight test planning at China Lake.Developed facility for simulation of radar systems, to minimize need to radiate from roof-house antenna domes during most of hardware integration & test operations.Ensured antenna probe array and data acquisition interoperable with low observable radar development needs.Defined test plans for sonar system retrofits, converting from analog to digital systems designs.

1988 - 1988


Teledyne CME

Co-authored technical proposal for digital RF memory (DRFM) system retrofits to legacy shipboard electronic warfare programs. Changes were proposed to system designed when with Comptek Research, Inc.

Oct 1975 - Mar 1976


Systems Consultants, Inc.

Provided program management support to Navy program managers, included specifying facility needs, environment impact statement review.Participated in establishing a Navy test facility for continuation engineering, Pacific fleet, at Point Loma.

May 1973 - Aug 1975

Systems Engineer

Provided program management support to executive management.Designed embedded software for radar sensor interface data systems, electronic warfare systems (AN/SLQ-32) - the U.S Navy´s primary suite of EW equipment, DLGN-38, and guided missile frigates.

Jul 1967 - Jul 1971

Captain, USAF

Provided program management support to ARPA.Designed and deployed nuclear monitoring research / arms control & disarmament systems, VELA Uniform related - large aperture seismic arrays (LASA). Close interface with MIT-Lincoln Lab, IBM, Philco, and Norwegian defense establishment.


1994 - 1994

Non degree program

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

The Entrepreneurial Development Program was a seminar based custom activity of the business school, with the objective of transferring the career skills developed in the aerospace & defense industry to other career fields. The value of that seminar is likened unto a very fast-tracked "MBA" degree program - including business plan development and numerous guest speakers from the world of entrepreneurs!

1971 - 1973

MS Physics

University of Vermont

Modeled electronic properties of liquid transistion metals.Mentored PhD candidates.Cited for technical support in PhD theses of graduate student associates.Multiple second author publications in field of models of liquid metals.

1963 - 1967

BS Physics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Community services: high school student tutoring and AFROTC community outreach.




A requirements management tool for systems and advanced IT applications   IBM® Rational® DOORS® software is a leading requirements management application that can help you reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve quality by enabling you to optimize requirements communication, collaboration and verification — throughout your organization and across your supply chain. Provides a comprehensive and collaborative requirements management environment Manages changes to requirements with either the built-in Change Proposal System or through integration to IBM® Rational® Change ™ or IBM® Rational® ClearQuest Supports the Requirements Interchange Format, which enables suppliers and development partners to be directly involved in the development process Links requirements to design items, test plans, test cases and other requirements for easy and powerful traceability Scales to address your changing requirements management needs Enables informal requirements discussions with DOORS Discussions Includes the Test Tracking Toolkit for manual test environments, so testers can link requirements to test cases Integrates with Rational Change, IBM Rational Rhapsody®, IBM Rational Quality Manager®, IBM Rational Tau®, IBM Rational Focal Point™, and IBM Rational System Architect® and with many third-party tools to provide a comprehensive traceability solution


Widely read, including technology matters. Continuing interest in foreign languages, including German, French, Hebrew, and Koine Greek. Many year interest and volunteer for improving investor education. Developing interest in life-style changes for better health, including nutrition and exercise.


- Subject matter expert - systems engineering.- Subject matter expert - embedded software (architecture & design).- Provides project / program management solutions for major systems-of-systems Government programs.- Provides demonstrated value-added problem resolution throughout full system life-cycle; e.g., working to closure on requirements verification and validation for major systems.- Co-authored systems engineering management process text.- Works closely with proposal development consulting organizations, e.g., authoring preliminary and critical design review and technical interchange meeting artifacts.- Enables organizations to capitalize on opportunities for positive in-side-out changes when working through chaotic technical and management challenges.- Builds bridges of cooperation between executive and program management to technical line management in integrated product team (IPT) contexts.- Resolves disconnects between as-built systems and underlying requirement specification documentation and designs. e.g., working with major subcontracts management teams, chief engineers and their designees, and on-site team contractor representative.


Active current security clearance at the TS/SSBI level; 5-year update completed during 2008.Systems engineering.Requirements management (subject matter expert in DOORS).Embedded software systems (architecture & design).Project / Program Management.Business Process Re-engineering (e.g., CMMI, SEI).System integration & test.Verification and Validation (V&V) of requirements.


To provide systems engineering (full product life-cycle), embedded software systems engineering (architecture, design, and specialty engineering), and project / program management services to principally the Government - DoD and related agencies, their aerospace & defense contractors, and associated systems engineering technical assistance organizations.

Top Secret/SCI