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Col. James C. Adamson, U.S. Army (Ret.)

CEO, Monarch Precision, LLC

Colonel Adamson, a former astronaut, earned his B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He returned to West Point as an Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics, after which he was selected to attend the Navy Test Pilot School. In 1981 he became Aerodynamics Officer for the Space Shuttle Operational Flight Test Program. Adamson became an astronaut in 1984 and flew two missions, one aboard Columbia and the other on Atlantis. After retiring from NASA, Adamson established his own consulting firm, Monarch Precision, and then became President/CEO of Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company. In 1995 he helped create United Space Alliance and became the company's first Chief Operating Officer. Adamson was then recruited to serve as President/CEO of Allied Signal Technical Services Corporation, which later became Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Retiring from Honeywell in 2001; Adamson resumed part-time consulting with Monarch Precision. In addition to corporate board positions, he has served as a member of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions and is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on International Space Station Operational Readiness.

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