NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

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2004 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 8-10, 2004

"NASA Update: New Exploration Vision"

Jim Nehman, Director of Development Programs, NASA Office of Exploration Systems (Code T)

Jim Nehman
Director of Development Programs
NASA Office of Exploration Systems (Code T)


Mr. Nehman assumed the position of Director of Development Programs, Office of Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters in January 2004. He is responsible for technology and transportation programs which will enable NASA to meet the new vision of robotic and human exploration to the moon and to Mars.

Mr. Nehman worked with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) until January 2002 involving 30 years of civilian service including 5 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He was involved in all aspects of major system development, acquisition and support. During the past 2 years he was the Chief Operating Officer of a small Information Technology company in Annapolis and an independent aerospace consultant.

Mr. Nehman's last NAVAIR assignment was Deputy PEO for Navy Tactical Aircraft Programs, responsible for over 300 civilian and military employees and over 100 acquisition programs with annual budgets well into the billions. During this 5-year period, he was responsible for all aspects of systems development, procurement and life cycle support of the assigned programs involving carrier based aircraft and associated weapons programs including the F/A-18, F-14, EA-6B and E-2C aircraft and air-to-air weapons such as AIM-9X, AIM-7, and the AIM-120 AMRAAM.

From 1993 to 1996, he served as Acquisition Advisor and Acting Deputy PEO for Navy Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission programs, which included the P-3, S-3, H-60, AV-8B, AH-1/UH-1, H-53, Executive Helo, V-22, and T45TS programs.

From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Nehman was the DPM for the Navy T-45 Training System and the Navy portion of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS). In this capacity, he was responsible for technical, programmatic and financial aspects of both major ACAT 1 programs.

Prior to 1985, he held numerous program management, systems engineering and logistics support positions of increasing responsibility. He was assigned as Weapons System Liaison Officer from 1979 to 1981 serving on the American Embassy staff in Kuwait. He served on numerous special assignments including team leader investigating acquisition alternatives for the V-22 Osprey program in 2001 and the Joint Strike Fighter Engine Investment Strategy in 2000.

Mr. Nehman was twice awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (1991 and 1993), awarded the Secretary of Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (2000) and received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executive (2001). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Management. He attended the Defense Systems Management College including both the Program Management Course and the Executive PMC.

He is an avid runner and is married to the former Christine Ann Crovato. They have three children and two grandchildren.

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