Chief Operating Officer
Jim Benjamin, United States Navy (Retired), former ACINT Specialist Program Manager currently supports Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as a Senior Staff Member and serves as a Subject Matter Expert in acoustics analyst for the IUSS SEMP group. As a member of JHU/APL – Signal and Systems Analysis Group, National Security Technology Department with primary duties working on the SURTASS Engineering Measurement Program (SEMP) to evaluate system performance through quantitative measurement and providing recommendations for system improvements. Additionally, he supports, test and evaluates events at shore facilities and at sea, and is involved with various advance development projects. One of his key projects involves introducing the TANG concept of creative thinking and technology advancements to the Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems naval program.
Jim has joined the private sector after a distinguished 30-year career serving the U.S. Navy in the submarine force attaining the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. He was the eighth individual to hold the position as Program manager of the 52-year-old ACINT Specialist Program. As the Program manager of an organization referred to by the highest level of Naval Officials as a “jewel” in the Navy’s ASW efforts around the world, he was responsible for managing 73 senior level ACINT Specialists stationed worldwide, who provided direct support to a yearly average of 80 U.S. and Allied submarine and surface ship missions. Jim also served as the direct liaison to the Royal Navy and Royal Australian ACINT Specialist Programs during his time as Program Manager.
Born on July 16, 1956 in Niceville, Florida as an Air Force “brat”, Jim lived in eight states before graduating high school from Maple Lake, Minnesota in 1974. He attended and graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota before transferring to the University of Minnesota in 1976.
Jim currently resides in Hyattsville Maryland with his wife of 33 years, Julie and their 15 year son Andrew. He has three daughters, 36 year old Jessica, 32 year old Krysten and 29 year old Nicole and he has been blessed with seven Grandchildren.