Program Officer, Light Tactical Vehicles (LTV), Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV)
2023 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
James Forkin joined the Product Director Light Tactical Vehicles (LTV) and the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS) team in the spring of 2018. In his Program Officer role, he has supported a number of LTV priorities to include the Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Stability Control modernization upgrade, Hybrid Electric Vehicle initiation, LTV fleet strategy and various Research Design Test and Evaluation projects.
Before joining PEO CS &CSS, Mr. Forkin was assigned to the Marine Corps Program Manager’s Office for Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) as the Program Leader for the LAV Anti-Tank Program. Although he joined the program at a challenging juncture marked by production and schedule challenges, he led the program into a successful Fielding Decision and Initial Operational Capability milestones. Prior to this, he supported the LAV mission as a Product Integrator - performing cost schedule and performance management for various modification acquisition projects, as well as the LAV fleet manager - responsible for fleet readiness and facilitating vehicle movements into Marine Corps Systems Command organic Depots. He also supported the extensive LAV Foreign Military Sales Program with the Saudi Army National Guard as a logistics lead.
Prior to his assignments in PM LAV, Jim was part of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) Army Force Generation Directorate (ARFORGEN). There, he served in leadership positions supporting operations and movement of Unit equipment from Southwest Asia (SWA) throughout the ARFORGEN process, to include the Left Behind Equipment Program, ensuring readiness and continuity for mission requirements. He guided and coordinated directly with ARFORGEN Liaison National Officers in SWA and other Army Field Support Brigade locations to manage the programs.
James began his career with U.S. Army TACOM in 2001 as a Co-Operative under the reestablished Student Career Enhancement Program. Under this program he worked while also completing his undergraduate education. Upon graduation, James was hired into the TACOM internship program and began working full time within the Integrated Logistics Support Center Heavy Combat Division. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Business Administration, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).