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Keynote: James Thompson, Director, Major Program Support, DASD/SE
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Mr. James Thompson serves as the Director, Major Program Support (MPS) within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. In this capacity, Mr. Thompson leads program systems engineering planning and execution for major defense and software-intensive systems. MPS specialties include Systems Engineering Plan development, Program Support Reviews, and Systemic Root Cause Analysis. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Thompson has more than 25 years of experience in the Department of Defense. Before assuming his current position, he served in the Systems and Software Engineering (SSE) Directorate as Program Support Team Lead for Fixed Wing Aircraft, Air Launched Weapons, and Space Programs. Before joining SSE, Mr. Thompson served in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, where he was responsible for precision tactical and strategic weapons. In this role, he assessed manufacturing, industrial base capability, and defense mergers and acquisitions. During his tenure, the production of precision-guided munitions increased significantly in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also has worked in the Office of Secretary of Defense/Strategic and Tactical Warfare (Air Warfare), addressing aircraft, Cost as an Independent Variable policy, and international cooperation.