Colonel (ret) James B. Planeaux is currently a space enterprise consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP. He completed a 30-year Air Force career in November 2016 while serving as Chief Architect, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, California. He led enterprise design, planning and integration activities shaping the future of all Air Force space systems, and served as program manager for a major initiative to unify current and future mission ground systems under a common warfighting framework and infrastructure.
Col (ret) Planeaux commissioned in 1982 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and began his active duty career as an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He went on to serve in multiple acquisition, engineering, architecting, and staff units, including as a systems engineer in the original Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) program office, as an analysis chief in the new National Security Space Architect office, and as the acting chief of a new space control division at Headquarters Air Force.
He commanded the Delta Group, leading the acquisition and operation of the Delta IV and Delta II rocket fleets. He guided the first “heavy lift” rocket launches for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program and was the mission director for the Delta II GPS IIR-15 through IIR-19 launches. As a division chief in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, he led headquarters support for Air Force programs in launch, ranges, satellite control, space test, GPS, missile warning, and global strike.
Prior to his final military assignment, Col (ret) Planeaux served as the Remote Sensing Systems Program Director at Los Angeles AFB, where he led the development and production of SBIRS satellites and ground systems. He is a graduate of the Air War College and wore the Command Space Badge and the Senior Acquisition Badge.