James M. Casey

James M. Casey
Program Manager
Lt Col USAF (Ret)


Colonel Casey has served as the Research Program Manager of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin since September 1995. He directly supports the Director in the management of all programs including the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission. In this capacity as manager he supervises the support staff of the Center, and manages all financial aspects of numerous grants and contracts with annual expenditures of nearly $12 Million. He is an Air Force Academy graduate that has served over 20 years as a rated officer. His primary career duties were as a weapon system officer and instructor flying both the RF-4B tactical reconnaissance Phantom II, and the F-111D&F fighter bombers. He has accumulated just over 2,000 hours of flight time. During his flying career, he served in numerous operational assignments including crisis contingency planner and battle staff member the 12th Air Force. He was selected for duties in Air Force Space Command in 1988, and served with the 2nd Space Wing (now the 50th) as the Chief of Satellite Operations and the Chief of Operations Plans. There he designed and implemented a Launch Readiness Review for the entire AFSCN, in time for the first operational GPS launch. As Plans Chief Colonel Casey engineered, from scratch, the first warplan for satellite and network operations, and created a unique contingency plan for a high-priority remote tracking site threatened during Desert Shield. He was further assigned to U.S. Space Command as a Space Defense Director, commanding the Space Control Operations Center and the Space Surveillance Center, responsible for global space control operations including real-time shuttle deconfliction with space debris. Upon rotating off crew he was given the duties as the Chief of Technical Support and Systems for Cheyenne Mountain, where he managed the integration and development of the $500 million space control system upgrade (SPADOC 4). During his military career he earned an MS in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida, (1975) and a ME in Space Operations from the University of Colorado in Boulder (1993). During his military career Colonel Casey served operationally with all four military services. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2d OLC, the Air Force Commendation Medal with 2d OLC and the Army Commendation Medal along with numerous service awards and campaign ribbons.


Jim Casey manages operations and support of the Center for Space Research. He assists the Director in research administration, systems and center management. He coordinates and supports activities of the Texas Space Grant Consortium to further NASA education and public outreach across Texas. He oversees all business related matters including facility upgrades and construction projects. Jim interacts with research sponsors and university officials on proposals and pre-award and post-award issues for projects within the Center. He handles special projects for the Director including Export/ITAR issues, contracts with industry, subcontracts and financial matters.

Jim is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Master Navigator with 3,000 hours of flight experience in the F-111 and the RF-4 aircraft. In his final active duty assignment Jim served with and Air Force Space Command and U.S. Space Command where he served on crew as the Space Defense Director in Cheyenne Mountain while filling the position of Chief of Systems and Technical Support for the Command.


M.E., Space Operations, University of Colorado, 1993
M.S., Aeronautical Systems, University of West Florida, 1975
B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy, 1973


  • NASA Achievement Award for GRACE mission 2004
  • Return to Flight Certificate, Columbia Tragedy 2003
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal 1993
  • Meritorious Service Medal 1 OLC 1991
  • Meritorious Service Medal 1988
  • Air Force Commendation Medals 1983 & 1988
  • Army Commendation Medal 1985

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