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James Schepley

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


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James Schepley has held a number of senior positions in his 40 year career. In his current position with General Atomics ASI, he provides policy direction and senior counsel on contract matters. He is also an adjunct professor with the University of Dayton’s Law School. Mr. Schepley came to General Atomics from Raytheon Company. While with Raytheon, he held a number of senior positions. These include Vice President of Contracts for Raytheon’s Intelligence business, Senior Director of Contract Policy for Raytheon Company, Director of Contract Operations for the Army’s Patriot Missile Program and Director of Contracts (Strategy Pursuits) for the company’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Division. During his Air Force career, he was the Director of Development for the Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III aircraft as well the Executive Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) - Special Programs. His career highlights include directing a $2.8B contracts portfolio supporting the national intelligence community, completing and delivering the $1.5B Airborne Standoff Reconnaissance (ASTOR) aircraft program for UK’s Royal Air Force, directing the development of the Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and as a PCO, directing the first competitive award of the AMRAAM missile.

Other Air Force assignments have included Chief of the Special Programs Division, Directorate of Requirements, Air Force Materiel Command - overseeing the development of the Command’s entire special projects portfolio; Product Group Manager for Intelligence Data Handling Systems at the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB MA; Executive Officer and Air Staff Program Element Monitor for special programs under the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Deputy Director of Contracting for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile System Program Office; inspector with the Air Force Systems Command Inspector General; and contract negotiator for the HH-60 helicopter. Mr. Schepley entered the Air Force as a missile launch officer for the Strategic Air Command.

Mr. Schepley received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and he earned his MBA from the University of Wyoming. The Air Force selected Mr. Schepley as a National Defense Fellow in 1990 to study at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Mr. Schepley is also a graduate of Defense Systems Management College’s PM course and Raytheon’s Business Leadership Program at the University of Chicago’s MBA School. Within his community, Mr. Schepley has been Vice President of the Air Force Museum Foundation and presently is an Emeritus member of the board.


B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1976

M.B.A., University of Wyoming, 1981

National Defense Fellowship, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1994