Mr. James A. Sweeney III, member of the government civilian corps, is the program manager of the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP). Mr. Sweeney directs the research transition budget focused toward qualified small businesses in the nation's high-tech arena as a critical source of innovative technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. Through a competitive awards-based program, Mr. Sweeney leads the CRP program specifically designed to assist the small businesses in transitioning their innovative technologies to the warfighter and/or commercial organizations. Mr. Sweeney also enables and is a strong advocate of small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
Mr. Sweeney began his Air Force career as a cryptology communications specialist supporting the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) organizations assigned to monitor international nuclear testing and analysis. He entered federal service as a contract negotiator for the F-16 Block 40, multi-year production program, supporting USAF and Foreign military sales Air Forces.
Mr. Sweeney then transitioned to the program management career field with his first assignment to the Simulator Program Office, International programs. He was able to deliver the F-16 Full flight mission simulator(s), providing leading edge operational training capabilities to the Israeli, Turkish and Egyptian Air Forces under budget and ahead of schedule.
Mr. Sweeney moved to the F-22 program office as the Pilot Training program manager at the critical point of training for the first cadre of F-22 pilots. Mr. Sweeney’s next assignment was to the Propulsion Program Office as flight test program manager for the F119 engine achieving engine certification for the F-22 in advance of the first flight.
In 1999, as a professional career move, Mr. Sweeney left the federal service and transitioned out to industry, where he was program manager of the Nellis Air Combat Training System for the Cubic Corporation, Worldwide Technical Services Division in San Diego CA. Mr. Sweeney was then assigned to manage the Royal Saudi Air Force and Egyptian Air Force Air Combat Training System program(s). In addition, he managed the successful joint British/French Rangeless Airborne Instrumentation & Debriefing System (RAIDS) program for the British and French air forces.
Mr. Sweeney then managed an ISR Micro-Antennae development and test program for the CIA and FBI while employed at Sierra Nevada Corporation. Another opportunity had Mr. Sweeney managing the program that retrofitted the entire B-52 bomber fleet with new forward looking infrared (FLIR) thermal sensor systems while working for L-3 Communications.
In 2011, Mr. Sweeney returned to the federal service as the Air Force SBIR program manager for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC). He initiated and instituted new processes for the AFLCMC SBIR program, designed to improve the value, performance and relevance of the SBIR program to the program executive offices (PEO), laboratories, and to the warfighter.
In 2014, he became the Air Force CRP program manager.
Mr. Sweeney has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing/Business from San Diego State University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He is an avid pilot, and fabricated and flies his own experimental aerobatic RV-6A airplane.