PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. (April 22, 2008)—The Naval Air Systems Command yesterday announced that James B. Lackey has been selected as the new Deputy Assistant Commander for Acquisition in NAVAIR 1.0.
"I am really looking forward to join the 1.0 organization and work with other competencies and programs to align our standards, policies and processes, said Lackey. "I see the AIR-1.0 organization as a key focal point, in coordination with all competencies and various external organizations, to help foster and continually promote successful program execution across NAVAIR.
Since 2007, Lackey served here as the PMA-234 Principal Deputy Program Manager for the EA-6B and Airborne Electronic Attack, under the Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft Programs.
In 2004, he was promoted to serve as the Deputy Department Head (Deputy Program Manager) for the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft in PMA-290 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office under the Program Executive Office for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Missions Programs.
In 2003, he was promoted as Level II IPT Air Vehicle Lead for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program in the PMA-231 E-2/C-2 Program Office.
In 2002, he served as an Air Warfare Action Officer for the Office of the Under Secretary Of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. Lackey supported OSD oversight for systems developmental test and design maturity across multiple Services for aircraft platforms, air launched weapons, and electronic warfare systems.
In 1999, he served as the Level II Weapon Systems Integration Product Team (IPT) Lead in the PMA-265 F/A-18 Program Office. Lackey managed key weapon systems integration efforts in support of F/A-18C/D fleet operations and in preparation for the F/A-18E/F Initial Operational Capability milestone.
Lackey began his civil servant career here in 1987 as a flight test engineer at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. In this position, he was responsible for verification and validation of F/A-18C/D design requirements and follow-on test and evaluation projects. He also served as the F/A-18E/F Flight Test Team Lead for the program's first three developmental aircraft.
Lackey received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1986 from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. In 1994, he earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla. In 1990 he graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School (Fixed Wing - Class 95). He is also a graduate of both the Defense Systems Management College and Naval Air Systems Command Senior Executive Management Development program.
Lackey was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2007 for his work on the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft program.