James J. Miller

Executive Director, National Space-based PNT Advisory Board

James Miller James J. Miller is Deputy Director of the Policy & Strategic Communications Division with the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program at NASA. He is responsible for advising NASA leadership on U.S. and international PNT/GNSS policy and technology issues, and heads the NASA Delegation to the International Committee on GNSS (ICG). Mr. Miller is appointed by the NASA Administrator as the Executive Director of the National Space-based PNT Advisory Board, and is a recipient of multiple NASA Honor Awards, as well as being the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Norman P. Hays award granted by the Institute of Navigation (ION).

Mr. Miller also serves as the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council (NSpC) Users’ Advisory Group (UAG), reporting to the Office of the Vice President (OVP). Prior to his NASA assignment, James served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Navigation and Spectrum Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he received the 2004 Bronze Award from the Under Secretary of Transportation for his work on the President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative for the 21st Century.

Preceding his government service, Mr. Miller was a Program Manager for the Flight Standards & Technology Department at United Airlines, where he assisted in determining airline industry policy on emerging communications, navigation, surveillance (CNS) technologies and applications. He was a founding member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Spectrum Protection Steering Group, elected as Vice-Chairman of the ARINC Aeronautical Frequency Committee (AFC), and a key flight operations representative on the Air Transport Association (ATA) Flight Systems Integration Committee.

In these roles, he led airline industry efforts at two World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), eventually serving as the IATA spokesperson to the US Ambassador. In 2000, industry and government leaders recognized James for accomplishments on behalf of the airline industry, including the CEO of United Airlines, the President and CEO of ATA, and US Vice-President Al Gore.

Prior to working in the corporate sector, James was an academic researcher at Curtin University of Technology (CUT) in Perth, Western Australia in 1989, and returned “Down Under” in 1995 to conduct his thesis research in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Space Center for Satellite Navigation. Mr. Miller is a commercial airplane pilot with degrees in Aviation Flight, Aviation Management, Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) from The George Washington University. More recently, James was selected by NASA leadership to serve as a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow (SEF) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, completing the world-renown program in April, 2023.

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