James Kirkhope named head of DOD’s Space Domain Awareness Branch

James Kirkhopea consulting and research professional with more than 25 years of experience in government and industry, has been appointed head of the Department of Defense’s Space Awareness Branch.

In this role, Kirkhope oversees science and technology personnel in Virginia and Florida tasked with discovering and characterizing adversary space systems and analyzing their capabilities and modes of employment, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Kirkhope most recently served as director of operations and defense planner assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Global Integration Directorate and senior officer at the National Space Defense Center.

He first joined the Pentagon in 2010 as a threat management supervisor and coordinator for the US Transportation Command, a position he held for more than eight years.

Prior to joining the US Army, Kirkhope served as executive director of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and vice president for research, development and planning at the Terrorism Research Center.

From 2008 to 2010, Kirkhope provided consulting services to various organizations through his private consulting firm.

Kirkhope holds a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.