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James M. Byrne

James M. Byrne

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
Bethesda, MD, USA


Jim Byrne is a global security and aerospace industry executive currently serving as Lockheed Martin’s Chief Privacy Officer, Corporate Cybersecurity Attorney, and Office of Counterintelligence Counsel. Mr. Byrne also leads Lockheed’s corporate electronic discovery and enterprise records management teams, and leads special investigations. He previously managed a domestic and international ethics and business conduct program at Lockheed Martin and served on the board of wholly-owned subsidiary Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in August 2008, Mr. Byrne served as Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel (OSC), a career Senior Executive Service (SES) position. Often attending the President’s Council on Integrity & Efficiency (PCIE) meetings, he routinely met with Executive Office of the President personnel on issues germane to OSC, an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency with oversight of the entire Federal executive branch. As OSC’s second-in-command, Mr. Byrne was responsible for $20M budget and daily operations and management of 120 attorneys, investigators, and specialists assigned to four offices, and he was called on to testify before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Prior to that assignment, Mr. Byrne served as both General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), an SES level position. In this capacity Mr. Byrne led teams of federal criminal law enforcement officers, both domestically and in Iraq and Kuwait, who were responsible for investigations relating to programs and operations funded by the Iraq relief and reconstruction effort. Mr. Byrne’s collaborative efforts with other federal law enforcement agencies led to dozens of successful criminal prosecutions and significant asset seizures.

Prior to his time at SIGIR and soon after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr. Byrne was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel Byrne was assigned as the Officer-in-charge of the Marine Liaison Office at the then National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.  He commanded teams of Marines in DC-Metro area military hospitals and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, responsible for supporting the injured/deceased Marines/Sailors and their families.

Mr. Byrne has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. Military and U.S. Federal Government, including several years as an active duty forward deployed Marine Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) international narcotics prosecutor.  Mr. Byrne’s professional honors include several DOJ awards and The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Service. He is also a recipient of several military decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Midshipman Graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he ultimately held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, and is licensed to practice law in Florida, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia. Mr. Byrne and his wife Becky live in McLean, Virginia, and have six children and two grandchildren. Two of their sons and a son-in-law proudly serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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