Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral James B. Godwin, III

Direct Reporting Program Manager
for
Navy Marine Corps Intranet
(DRPM (NMCI))

Rear Admiral James B. Godwin, III


Rear Admiral James Basil Godwin III, a native of San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1973. He was directly commissioned as an Ensign into the United States Navy and subsequently received his Naval Aviator wings in July 1975. Rear Adm. Godwin’s initial tours include numerous fleet assignments with VA-147, VA-122 and Air Wing 9 flying the A-7 Corsair II and VFA-125 and VFA-25 flying the F/A-18 Hornet. From March 1991 until June 1992 he served as a Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) while embarked in USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Independence (CV-62). As a combat veteran during his command tour, Rear Adm. Godwin amassed 34 Desert Storm missions. After detaching from VFA-192, he reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) where he began his career in Navy acquisition. During his tenure at NAVAIR he served in the F/A-18 program as Lead Systems Engineer, Deputy Program Manager and then as the Program Manager. Ultimately he served as the Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)). As PEO(T), Rear Adm. Godwin managed a network of aviation technology experts and program managers tasked with delivering tactical aircraft and weapon systems to the fleet. These programs included delivering the cornerstone of Naval Aviation, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, as well as the early operational fielding of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR), Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS), the SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP), the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) Airborne Electronic Attack system and the latest version of the Sidewinder missile, the AIM-9X. Systems under development included the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for the Super Hornet, an Electronically Scanned Radar for the E-2 Advanced Hawkeye and the U.S Navy’s replacement for the Prowler, the EA-18G aircraft. Rear Adm. Godwin assumed command as the Director of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) in September 2004. In May 2005 under a reorganization, he was named Direct Reporting Program Manager (DRPM) for NMCI. As DRPM, he is a direct report to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition and is responsible for delivering an enterprise-wide computer network for Navy and Marine Corps, one of the most transformational contracting initiatives ever undertaken by the Department of the Navy. With the goal of connecting approximately 400,000 ‘seats’, the NMCI network was the largest single integrated network in the world and represented the largest federal information technology contract ever awarded at the time. His awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike/Flight Air medal (three awards), Individual Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards including one Combat “V”), Navy Achievement Medal, Expert Pistol medal, and several unit awards and citations.


Updated: 16 July 2013