Hon. James B. Longley, Jr.
An attorney, Marine Corps veteran, communicator and long-standing analyst, former congressman Jim Longley’s diverse background in law, business, the military, politics, media and government enables him to ‘translate’ radically different perspectives into a single, understandable, integrated, analytical approach. He focuses especially on the unique challenges arising when managers seek to integrate ‘game-changing’, new capabilities into ‘legacy’ organizational structures without realizing that the latter are not always compatible with the former. He believes this ‘conundrum’ is a central problem confronting the federal government’s approach to cyber, and other disruptive technologies, but that, by carefully building the personal, professional and technical relationships of critical stakeholders in key areas, success can be achieved.
As a Marine officer activated during Desert Storm (1991), Jim directed media and public affairs for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He later organized the ‘on-the-ground’, on-site media support for the first allied, ground forces in northern Iraq during the Kurdish relief effort and served as a spokesman for the Task Force Commander, Army Maj. Gen. Jay Garner, and the Marine Corps ground commander, then-Col. Jim Jones, receiving a Joint Service Achievement Medal for his efforts. Jones later credited Jim with “writing the book” on enabling press coverage of a military humanitarian mission.
Elected to Congress in 1994, he served as a member of the famous, “Gingrich Congress” (1995-1997). An active member of the House Armed Services Committee, Jim was one of six members who, well in advance of 9/11, self-funded the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He was also a founder of the House Shipbuilding Caucus and participated in a number of matters of intense interest to the armed services and the intelligence community, especially in the area of acquisition reform.
Since leaving Congress he has served as a Senior Technical Analyst to the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC) where he succeeded in keeping open the only facility in the US capable of hyper-velocity, ‘clean’ testing of full-scale warheads (and able to replicate atmospheric conditions from Mach 3 – 33). Jim’s efforts set the stage for the first-ever ignition of an American ‘scram-jet’ and the unique facility’s use in a variety of special programs including NASA’s post-Columbia, ‘return-to-flight’ effort. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the last four Directors of the Missile Defense Agency. Now manager of DIRITECH, LLC, a technical consulting firm, Jim brings his detailed knowledge and unique experience to bear as Executive Director of the Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA) and as a special consultant on technical matters spanning the domestic, national security and intelligence communities.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Holy Cross and the University of Maine Law School. An Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his work on missile defense, Jim is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Capitol Historical Association.