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Engineer Manager

Federal Way, WA
January 16, 2020

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James O’Neil Wickline

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Independently motivated, team oriented, results driven, Program/Project Manager and Systems Engineer with extensive and varied experience driving development and implementation of complex solutions in the Aerospace, Maritime, and Defense industries. Natural leader with talent for building, developing, and motivating peak performing teams to ensure mission success. Unmistakable professional integrity, disciplined work ethic and commitment to success.

Areas of Expertise:

Project/Program Management

Systems Requirements/Integration

Satellite Communications

Budget/Resource Management

Project Plans/Scope

Installation Plans

Data Analysis/Reporting

Configuration Management

Engineering Designs

Lifecycle Cost Analysis



Held Top Secret clearance during for entire Naval career and a Secret clearance while employed with Boeing.

Satellite Communications Branch Head, briefed Commanders of Pacific, Atlantic, and European Commands on availability of satellite transponder assets. Petitioned the Chief of Naval Operations for funding to contract satellite assets to increase bandwidth for the afloat navy.

Led the P-8 Technical Interchange meeting for Australian anti-submarine variant as facilitator between the US Navy and the Australian Navy to deliver new capabilities to aircraft being purchased from Boeing and the US government and to ensure compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Presented the Boeing Phantom Works Radio Frequency Identification research to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), comprising approximately 10 officers from all branches of the US military.

Selected to write and present the Concept of Operations for the Indian Navy Logistics and Training as part of the support package negotiated with the purchase of P-8 Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft. Wrote and presented the Concept of Operations for the Wedge-Tail Anti-Air Warfare aircraft on the use of wideband satellite communication for the Australian Air Force.

Resolved a critical outage issue affecting the Connexion by Boeing program’s maritime antenna. Analyzed signal strength data, reengineered antenna placement, and generated antenna patterns to inform ship’s crew when superstructure would block satellite. Detailed root cause analysis and corrective actions resulted in 95% availability of 24/7 system.

Began naval career as an enlisted man, was selected for the Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program, and completed a 20 year career as a Lieutenant Commander.


Professional Enhancement 9/2016 - Present

University of Washington

Completed Project Management Professional and Organizational & Behavioral Leadership, Security and Network Specialist, and Cloud Computing Courses.

The Boeing Company 12/2002 – 9/2016

Systems Engineer

Boeing Military Aircraft Division—Kent, WA (5/2010 - 9/2016)

Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology Division—Tukwila, WA (10/2006 – 5/2010)

Connexion by Boeing Division—Tukwila, WA (12/2002 – 9/2006)

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Performed trades studies, provided technical support, and analyzed data to establish specifications for secure network communication mission system. Conducted gate reviews of Systems Requirements Review Board (SRR) and Preliminary Design Review Board (PDR) through Critical Design Review Board (CDR) to meet customer expectations and desired capabilities. Developed systems requirements for aircraft wideband satellite communications systems, creating Wideband Satellite Communication Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Segment Context Diagrams, and Functional Flow Block Diagrams to facilitate analysis and refining of functional requirements.

Updated Dynamic Object-Oriented Requirements System (DOORS). Led change management correspondence status briefings and maintained Interface Change Notices (ICNs) and Interface Control Coordination Memorandum (ICCM) as member of Configuration Control Board (CCB) for government bombers and weapons contracts.

Managed configuration for Stealth Bomber (B-1). Air Launched Cruise Missile, and Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile Programs.

Developed and delivered presentation to report on operational analysis of the F-22 Stealth Fighter, Sustainability and Affordability Program to upper management. Analyzed >95% of repair data to develop plans for cost reduction and improved engineering design.

Delivered new product development research and project management support for Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (P-8) program. Reviewed small business innovations (SBIR) and proposed technologies, identified associated potential applications, determined viability for anti-submarine aircraft integration, and assisted with related technology development.

Developed technical/operational requirements for Maintenance Interval Determination and Optimization Tool in support of 787 commercial aircraft. Tested/validated web-based tools, integrating upgrades and functionality to deliver user-friendly applications to Boeing Maintenance Engineers.

Conducted research, development, and test evaluations of ability of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to enhance parts traceability, reduce maintenance cycle times, and improve data accuracy via automation of maintenance data capture function on aircraft critical items. Awarded United States Patent No: US 9,041,533 B1, May 26, 2015.

Played instrumental role in engineering design and definition of integration requirements of the Connexion Maritime Satellite Internet System for Commercial Shipping. Organized and led Maritime System Preliminary Design Review Boards, Critical Design Review Boards, and the Installation Review Board. Achieved 95% availability of 24/7 satellite system through detailed analysis and diagnosis of system data.

Conducted comprehensive survey of the Ibaraki, Japan satellite ground station equipment and antennas to assess feasibility of operating with Connexion by Boeing Wideband Satellite Internet System. Installed, upgraded, and maintained Satellite Ground Station equipment at the Leukerbad, Switzerland; Ibaraki, Japan; and Littleton, Colorado Satellite Ground Stations.

Coordinated with AsiaSat and Ibaraki Gateway management to analyze transponder and ground station data to enable Japanese licensing certification of the satellite link and ground antennas.

United States Navy 1/1983 – 1/2003

US Naval Forces Europe 11/2001 – 12/2002

Director, Command Control Computers Communications Intelligence—London, UK

Served as IT Director to oversee Command Control Computers. Led 40 military and 6 civilian personnel responsible for Information Technology and Communications systems. Managed department’s administration, financial, and training programs. Executed proactive lifecycle maintenance of headquarters computer networks. Managed standard network configurations for desktops, servers, switches, hubs, and routers across the enterprise. Directed operations, administration, and maintenance of the Global Command and Control System, classified and unclassified wide area networks (WAN) supporting 1600+ client workstations for the UK to US WAN, Netherlands to US WAN, and the Defense Messaging System and Message Distribution System.

Led network migration to Windows 2000, Computer Associate Unicenter to remotely deliver Internet Explorer, information assurance vulnerability patches, and several other required applications.

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Improved command’s information infrastructure (budget of $1M+) by developing strategic plan and identifying programs for long-term improvements to information systems, including installation of Navy and Marine Corps Internet.

Naval Space Command 9/1998 – 10/2001

Branch Head, Satellite Communications—Dahlgren, VA

Led the Satellite Communications Branch in the operation and maintenance of satellite link terminal afloat or ashore, maximizing efficiency in terminal use. Coordinated terminal operations with ship/station facilities control and ensured adequate logistics support.

Scheduled maintenance in accordance with terminal’s operations schedule. Identified operations concepts, requirements, and bandwidth utilization in Department of Defense communications for full range of radio frequency spectrum (UHF, SHF, EHF, and HF).

Supervised integrated contractor staff with military operations center personnel of 26 SATCOM experts supporting fleet and joint community in global SATCOM operations of 5 military systems.

Led quarterly SATCOM Operational Manager meetings with Chief of Naval Operations, Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command and Fleet Commander and Chiefs..

Hand-picked to serve on command’s strategic planning team, offering insight in assessing and validating the command’s mission and function for next the decade.

Drafted watch-stander standard operating procedures (SOPs) and presented comprehensive SATCOM briefings to flag officers/VIPs as well as fleet staff and operators.

Assessed effectiveness of Challenge Athena (wideband satellite communications) coverage and recommended resources to meet operational shortfalls in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Nominated for the Copernicus Award for excellence in C4I, Information Systems and Information Warfare.


Pride at Boeing – Seven Awards

US Navy Meritorious Service Award

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards)

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Naval Postgraduate School —Monterey, CA 1998

Master of Science– Space Systems Operations

Thesis: Teledesic’s capabilities to meet future Department of Defense Wideband Communications requirements

University of Idaho —Moscow, ID 1985

Bachelor of Arts – History

University of Washington – Tacoma, WA 9/2016 - Present

Project Management Professional and Organizational & Behavioral Leadership

Security and Network Specialist

CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+

Naval War College —Newport, RI 2001

Professional - Joint Maritime Operations and National Security Decision Making


Project Management Institute (PMI ) – Project Management Professional (PMP) Exp. 2021

Cloud Genius- Cloud Technologies, Cloud DevOps, Cloud Architecture

Space Surveillance Officer, Operations Center Qualified

Surface Warfare Officer / Engineering Officer of the Watch

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