James B. Johnson Jr.

Deputy to the Commander, USASMDC

Mr. James B. Johnson Jr. serves as the Deputy to the Commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.  As the senior civilian in the command, he provides leadership for the Army’s space and missile defense programs, acquisition, personnel and resource management.


He most recently served as the director of the Future Warfare Center, USASMDC. He was responsible for space and global ballistic missile defense doctrine and training, concept development, decision support, TRADOC Capability Managers for Space and High Altitude and Global Ballistic Missile Defense.


From May 2010, to March 2015, Johnson served as director of the U.S. Army Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Activity. From July 2008 to May 2010, he served as director of the Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. In January 2007, Johnson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. In January 2007, Johnson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. His prior assignments include director of the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center, Developmental Test Command, as well as multiple assignments in the Missile Defense Agency, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Joint Program Office in Huntsville, Alabama; director of Test Operations; deputy product manager of the Test, Training and Exercise Capability Product Office; and chief of the Test Products Division in TTEC.


Prior to his MDA service, Johnson served at RTTC as team leader of the Radar Systems Group. He began his government career with the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.


Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and he is a graduate of the Army Management Staff College and the Advanced Program Management Course.


His awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, the Edward H. Gamble award, the Test and Evaluation Command Professional Certificate, the AMRDEC Extraordinary Performance Award, the Association of the U.S. Army Redstone Chapter 2015 Civilian of the Year, and a U.S. patent.


January 2020