Navy Biography

Rear Admiral James H. Rodman, Jr.

Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Rear Admiral James H. Rodman, Jr.


Rear Admiral Rodman is a native of West Berlin, N.J. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University in 1984, his Juris Doctor  from the Villanova University School of Law in 1991, and his Executive Masters in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2005.

After receiving his direct commission into the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) program in 1985, Rodman reported to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 104 as an EDO in training and assistant ship superintendent. In 1988, he reported to Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station 104 as a project officer and completed his EDO qualification. Rodman transferred to Naval Weapons Station, Earle, N.J., in 1993 where he served as ordnance safety officer and commanding officer of WEAP STA Earle Det 601 EOT. In 1996 he joined the Space and Naval Warfare Program and was assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) 0366 at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) serving as the gaining command liaison officer for NRO’s Operational Support Office.

In 2001, Rodman received orders to Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC) 0766 where he served as operations and executive officer. In 2003, he returned to the NRO as executive officer of SPAWAR 0866.  He assumed command of Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) Network Engineering (formerly NNSOC 0266) in 2004 providing architecture, systems engineering, and integration support to NETWARCOM’s worldwide space and terrestrial communications enterprise. In 2006, Rodman assumed command of SPAWAR 0466 supporting Program Executive Officer Space Systems and SPAWAR PMW-146 in the Assembly, Integration, and Testing of the Mobile User Objective System. In 2008, he served as Space Domain director on the national staff of the Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group (NNWG) and, in 2009, was named NNWG’s vice commander.  He returned to active duty in 2011 as SPAWAR’s Chief Engineer.

In his civilian career, Rodman has held various systems engineering, management, and leadership positions in private industry in the operations, development, testing, and system-of-systems integration of specialized aerospace applications critical to national intelligence and defense. As a Senior Program manager, he provides Systems Engineering and Integration support to multiple Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. He is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Rodman’s decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (2 gold stars); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Updated: 1 February 2011