Retired Navy Captain Jim “Palmer” Laingen joined the company in September 2017 as TMA’s Senior Director. Captain Laingen is responsible for customer engagement, execution and solution delivery, focused on collaborative Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies for the Department of Defense.
During his 29 year Navy career, Captain Laingen served in a variety of posts including as an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer, amassing over 2500 flight hours, completing five operational deployments including support to operations DESERT STORM, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and commanding the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117. He also served as Director of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC), and as a Tactical Action Officer on USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69).
As Branch Head for Command and Control (C2) and ISR systems for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), he led the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process for multiple platforms, tactical data networks and associated systems. He also led Coalition interoperability efforts as Chairman of NATO Joint Capability Group for Command and Control (JCG C2) and the AUSCANNZUKUS FVEY Maritime Information Warfare Organization Executive Steering Committee.
In his final tour, Captain Laingen served as liaison to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Director of the Navy’s Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office, where he managed numerous projects that enhanced the Navy’s warfighting capability by accessing and leveraging national systems and development efforts.
Mr. Laingen personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation medal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College.