Navy Biography

Rear Admiral James H. Rodman, Jr.

Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Rear Admiral James H. Rodman, Jr.


In his final assignment, Rear Admiral (ret) James Rodman served as the chief engineer for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command from March 2011 to Sept. 2014. In that assignment he led SPAWAR’s worldwide engineering workforce in the design, acquisition, and sustainment of the Navy’s C4ISR, Space, and Enterprise Information Systems. He also served as the flag sponsor for the SPAWAR Reserve Program. Previous flag assignments included deputy commander for Reserve Matters, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and director, NAVSEA Reserve Program from Oct. 2010 to Nov. 2013.

A career engineering duty officer, Rear Adm. Rodman served in multiple technical and leadership assignments in ship, space, C4ISR, and cyber systems acquisition, operations, and maintenance. He commanded three reserve component units Naval Weapons Station Earle Detachment 601 EOT, Naval Network Warfare Command Network Engineering, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command 0466. He also served multiple acquisition and operational tours at the National Reconnaissance Office. In 2008 he served as the Space Domain director on the national staff of the Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group (NNWG) and in 2009 was named NNWG’s vice commander.

In his civilian career, Rear Adm. Rodman has held various systems engineering, management, and leadership positions in the operations, development, testing, and system-of-systems integration of specialized aerospace applications critical to national intelligence and defense. He is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Rear Adm. Rodman is a native of West Berlin, New Jersey, and received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University in 1984. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the Villanova University School of Law and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering & Applied Science. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Updated: 23 October 2014