Jim Dimarogonas, Ph.D.
Senior Principal Space Engineer
As of July of 2023, Jim serves as a senior principal engineer in the MITRE labs as a satellite communications systems integrator in support of the space system center. His research focuses on flexible terminal architectures and innovative acquisition approaches to fielding capabilities in the hands of the warfighters quicker and more responsive to the evolving threat.
From 2017 to 2023 Jim conducted research at the RAND Corporation on the acquisition and fielding of space, cyber, electronic warfare and communications systems and networks for sponsors in the Army, Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. Focus areas include agile acquisition approaches, interoperability between systems, testing and evaluation and modeling and simulation of systems and missions. Jim remains at RAND part time as an adjunct researcher.
Previously Jim was at the MITRE corporation, where he served as portfolio manager for the Strategic and Resilient Communications and Networks Portfolio. For the past two decades he had been supporting the Air Force Space and Missile systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center on space defense policy and acquisition; space-based communications and networks; Nuclear Command Control and Communications (NC3); ground control segment for space; design of secure communication systems. During his career at MITRE he served as project leader for dozens of Army, Air Force, Navy, OSD and DARPA programs in the areas of secure communications, airborne networks, C4ISR architectures, force-on-force war gaming and the re-presentation of C4ISR capabilities within war gaming environments; He worked on homeland security projects (e.g. city of New York Grand Central Station project and Singapore Port Security project) as well as international programs for Japan, Jordan and Kyrgyzstan. He led several successful proposals teams (both internal and external) and was principal investigator for several MITRE research grants on fratricide avoidance for Army and Marines, satellite communications and networks and modeling of complex terrestrial, airborne and space- based networks.
Jim received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1994 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in system science and applied mathematics in 2000 with concentration in signal processing and control systems, all from Washington University in St Louis; and an MBA from University of California Irvine with concentration in public policy. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information Systems Information Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) and holds a graduate certificate in Information Systems Security from the University of California Irvine.
Jim has published over 40 articles, MITRE Technical Reports and RAND reports in the areas of Secure Communications and Networking, Secure Satellite Communications, Intelligence and Information Security Systems and Homeland Security systems.