James A. Horne

Deputy Director, Surface Ship Combat Systems Product Area



Mr. James Andrew Horne has over 23 years of scientific, engineering and leadership experience serving the United States Navy as both a contractor and in civil service. He currently serves as NAVSEA’s Deputy Director for the Surface Ship Combat Systems Product Area, shaping the strategic direction and investment guidance for six geographically dispersed Warfare Center Divisions. As Deputy Director, Mr. Horne assists in executing the national responsibility for the programs, workload distribution, and infrastructure for Surface Ship Detection and Surveillance Systems, Command and Control Systems, Engagement Systems, and Electronic Warfare Systems across the NAVSEA Command, PEOs, and affiliated Warfare Centers.


Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Horne served as Surface Ship Combat Systems Product Area Strategic Planning and Investments Manager, where he provided leadership in the development and institutionalization of an integrated strategic planning process throughout six Warfare Centers Divisions supporting the Product Area, resulting in an enterprise wide Strategic Assessment. He led the SSCS Strategic Planning team to identify investment and divestment candidates, and assisted the Warfare Centers in the mapping of the Surface Ship Combat Systems Strategic Plans to business and execution plans.

Mr. Horne’s extensive experience includes serving at Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Air Systems Command in various technical, managerial, and program management roles. 

Mr. Horne spent 20 years in the Tomahawk Weapon Control System program. His Tomahawk duties included over 16 years working in various software engineering disciplines for NAVSEA and 5 years as the Software Acquisition Integrated Process Team lead for the Naval Air Systems Command. 


Mr. Horne served as Branch Head for the Weapons Software Engineering Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. He was responsible for the programmatic, administrative, and technical management of 35 Scientists and Engineers developing and maintaining software products for all Tomahawk Weapon Control System baselines. He also led the NAVAIR Tomahawk Software Integrated Project Team, where he led the development of new Weapon Control System baselines and provided the software support of all fielded variants for surface ships and submarines.In addition to the Branch Head responsibilities, he served on the Corporate Business Development Team. The team was chartered to identify promising technologies for corporate investment, analyze candidates for their short term and near term strategic return on investment, and once awarded, track the financial and technical progress of those investments.


Mr. Horne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 1982 from James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is DAWIA certified in Systems Planning Research Development and Engineering, Level III and graduated from the Defense Systems Management College’s Advanced Program Management Course (APMC) with a Level III certification in Program Management.