James L. Armitage is a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Mr. Armitage is the former Vice President and Sector Chief Technology Officer for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, where he was responsible for the Sector’s overall technology strategy and development plans.

Mr. Armitage’s career began as a design engineer in the Antenna and Microwave department at Westinghouse, where he pioneered the development of low observable apertures and active electronically scanned arrays. His technical leadership led to a number of roles in business development and program management. During his 36 years of experience with Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman, he served in a variety of executive and leadership roles.
In 1984, Mr. Armitage received the IEEE Aerospace Electronic Systems Society Centennial Key to the Future Award as the Outstanding Young Engineer. He also served on the Defense Science Board Global Surveillance task force and is a member of the IEEE International Radar Conference board, serving as treasurer in 1995 and as General Chairman for the 2010 Conference.

In 1998, he completed the Harvard University General Manager Program. Mr. Armitage earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1980.


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