Date: Thursday, 15  May 2014
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 A.M.
Location: NRC – Atlantic Room, Artic Ave., St. John’s, NL
Continental Breakfast Served

On 15 May 2014, OceansAdvance and ADIANL with support from ACOA NL and Gov NL/IBRD, will hold the latest sesion in the ongoing Speakers Series. The event will take place at the NRC facility located on the MUN campus. The Featured guest is Rear Admiral James B. Godwin (retired). He will visit St. John’s to learn more about our impressive concentration of innovative ocean, defence and security technologies and R&D capabilities.

Godwin is familiar with several NL-based companies and firms through the Mid-Atlantic Business Development Network and participation in the recent Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Washington, DC.

During his visit to St. John’s, Godwin has offered to share his valuable insight into Small Business Engaging with the US Government. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

TO REGISTER: Deadline is May 09, 2014. Contact


Rear Admiral James B. Godwin III, USN (Retired)

James Basil Godwin III transitioned from the United States Navy in 2006 after 33 years  of  service, which included  extensive  experience  in critical  program  and  fiscal  management, systems  integration, and successful program delivery through  the  rigorous  Defense  Acquisition process.

Rear Admiral Godwin is a decorated naval aviator with fleet assignments in both the A-­7 Corsair II and the F/A-­18 Hornet with more than 4,500 flight hours  in carrier air wings and carrier strike groups. He is founder and president of BriteWerx, Inc ., a service disabled veteran owned small business providing consulting  services  in  the  Aerospace, Information  Technology, Cyber and Disruptive Technology Development Fields.

He is currently working with 3 other small business owners in starting up their businesses and fielding their disruptive cyber, electronic and voice, video and data compression technologies.

From 2006 to 2012, he held vice-president positions with in the defense industry, including Athena Technologies (now Rockwell Collins), Dynamic Analytics & Test, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems.  During  this  time  he  was  the cyber security  lead  for  the  Defense  Systems  and Defense Technology  Divisions  within  the  Northrop  Grumman  Information Systems  Sector responsible  for emerging cyber technology development and systems integration of product offerings. In addition he was responsible for horizontally integrating products, which required multifaceted hardware, software, and security solutions, as well, he was responsible for introducing a cutting edge HD video compression technology.

From 2004-2006, RADM (R) Godwin served as the Direct Reporting  Program Manager, Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and then as the first Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO(EIS)). In this capacity he managed the largest IT services contract in the world with expenditures exceeding $1.4 billion per year. He is credited with building a fully functioning teaming relationship between the Navy and the Systems Integrator within 18 months while significantly improving product delivery, annual service level agreements and customer satisfy action metrics.

Moving on to stand up the PEO(EIS) organization, RADM (R) Godwin reorganized five major  programs  into  an  industry representative Navy wide business enterprise within six months while managing budget authority at $3.3 billion per year.

From 2000‐2004 he served as the Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft and was responsible for budgets of $5.5 billion per year across 8 major defense acquisition programs. He achieved on‐cost, on‐schedule and on‐performance delivery of the F/A‐18 E/F for the first combat deployment in 2003. He chaired an international 5 nation steering committee responsible for U.S. and European development and integration of the Multi‐functional Information Distribution System (MIDS), leading to a stable production base and program initiation for MIDS‐JTR.

RADM (R) Godwin is a founding member of the Navy Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFCA), Open Architecture (OA), Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and Network Centric Enterprise.

From 1997‐2000, Rear Admiral Godwin served as the F/A‐18 Program Manager responsible for the design, development, flight test, production, and life‐cycle support of the F/A‐18 A/B/C/D/E/F Fleet. In addition to these aircraft, he was also responsible for the Advanced Targeting FLIR, AESA Radar, SHARP reconnaissance pod, Joint Helmet mounted cuing system, and weapons system integration of the AIM‐9X, JDAM and JSOW onto the F/A‐18 family of aircraft.

Rear Admiral Godwin’s initial tours included 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 he 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 responsible for platform integration including design, development, production delivery through testing and fielding of the $4.88 billion F/A‐18 E/F Super Hornet program.


  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Level 3 Certification
  • Defense Acquisition University
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Tulane University, 1973
  • Current Executive MBA student at George Mason University , 2013


  • Co‐Chairman, NDIA Cyber Division
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mercy Medical Airlift (non profit)
  • Board of Advisors, CYTTA Corporation
  • Board of Directors, Alliance for Government Virtual Engagement (non profit)
  • VP, Board of Directors, California Redwoods Christian Corp (non profit)
  • Senior Fellow, East West Institute‐Cyber security Team Member, China‐US and Russia‐US Bi‐Lateral negotiations (non profit)
  • Board of Directors, Cyber Aces Foundation
  • Vice Chairman Navy, The Flag and General Officers Network (TFGON)