James Lackey spent three decades serving as a civilian in the Department of Defense in various capacities. He began as a flight test engineer at Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, where he quickly ascended to a department management position. After this, Lackey was promoted to the Pentagon as a senior executive working for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics, primarily serving Frank Kendall, who is currently Secretary of the Air Force.
Today, Lackey is senior vice president of the mission solutions sector at Parsons. In this Executive Spotlight interview, he spoke with GovCon Wire about his career-long mission of making a positive impact on the warfighter, the various types of innovation strategies Parsons is employing and more.