James G. Magee
Mr. Magee is a recognized expert on ballistic protection systems, special operations and national security issues, and has been the president of three industry leading body armor manufacturers, Point Blank Body Armor, Inc.; ArmorShield USA, Inc.; and Select Armor, Inc. during the past decade. At Point Blank, he designed the US Army’s Interceptor™ vest, still the benchmark body armor worn by US Armed Forces personnel today. Defying conventional industry history, he led Point Blank to a position of industry leader from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in less than 12 months. After leaving Point Blank, Mr. Magee managed the Modular Body Armor (Interceptor™) program for the US Army’s Prime Contractor for MBA, Arthur D. Little, Inc. Magee served as the president of Exothermal Technology Corporation, Inc. (ETC), a torso cooling protective vest system company, and after a year’s service as president, was appointed to ETC’s Board of Directors for another two years. Mr. Magee served as the President of HIPERTEX, Inc., a manufacturer of high output lightweight diesel engines for DARPA, and a pioneer in alternative energy solutions. Mr. Magee led GartnerGroup’s Performance Management Practice for five years. His team was responsible for the Eastern half of the USA and for Federal government clients. At Gartner, Mr. Magee was the global leader in providing efficiency, effectiveness, cost and performance consulting for Fortune 500 commercial clients, as well as for major Federal and state government agencies. In his first sortie into industry after retirement from the US Marine Corps, Mr. Magee served as a senior operations analyst with Kapos Associates, Inc. (KAI, now part of L3Comm). His clients included The White House, the National Security Council (NSC), and The Atlanta Olympics, the federal departments of Defense, Army, Navy, and Treasury. While at KAI, Mr. Magee led KAI teams that assessed the interoperability for the NSC including the Defense Department’s command, control, computers and intelligence systems (C4I3) at combatant commands around the globe.
Mr. Magee periodically consults for Georgia Tech and the U.S. Marine Corps on combat systems and armor optimization, and has been an on-screen consultant to NBC News and PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on armor systems and military procurement issues. Mr. Magee has been published in Armed Forces Journal, the Marine Corps Gazette and the Washington Post on these and other national security issues.
He served a full career in the Marines, retiring as a highly decorated infantry Colonel in the 1990’s after service as the Marine’s special operations expert, and commander of the largest anti-terrorist organization in DOD, the Marine Corps Security Forces with 3400 Marines and Sailors at 82 sites in 16 countries. He enjoys the distinction of having stood up and commanded the Marines first Light Armor Battalion, as well as having been selected as the 2002 recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Nation’s ability to wage special operations.
Mr. Magee lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA with his wife, Carole. They have three grown children.
MBA Studies: Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
BS: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,
MA Equivalent: NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy Virginia