Jim Tierney

jim tierneyJames J. Tierney (Jim) is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in private and public sector operations – focusing on program management, product & technology development, business development, and defense acquisition. His blend of technical, business and government experience helps create and execute successful business strategies. He is also the Founder of J Tierney Associates LLC, a consulting firm serving the Defense and Homeland Security industry serving a variety of clients across the United States. He has a current Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.

Consulting Domains

  • Government Business Development Strategy & Implementation
  • Defense Acquisition & Program Management
  • Win Strategy & Proposal Management
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Market Research & Intelligence

Significant Client Achievements

More than $6.5B in new contract wins, including …

  • $2.6B Defense Transportation Platform
  • $1.2B Textile Technology System
  • $0.5B Defense Expeditionary Support System
  • $177M Defense Tactical Equipment System
  • Client entered/won new technology areas
  • Client accessed hard-to-obtain information
  • Client avoided costly proposal mistake
  • Client set standard for technology assessment

Government Business Development Experience

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Departments of the Army, Air Force and Navy
  • US Marine Corps
  • US Special Operations Command
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Multiple Major US Prime Contractors
  • Various US Academic Research Institutes
  • Several Federal Senators & Representatives


  • Founder of J Tierney Associates LLC; a Defense & Homeland Security Consulting Firm
  • Director, Defense Business Development, TIAX LLC; a Technology & Innovation Company
  • Director of Government Affairs & Business Development, Defense Business at Arthur D. Little, Inc.; a Management & Technology Development Consulting Firm
  • Deputy Product Manager Soldier Support, US Army (now PM Force Sustainment Systems)
  • Force Provider System Manager, US Army Materiel Command

More About Jim

Jim understands translating government requirements into technical performance characteristics, facilitating communications with government program managers and leaders, developing and executing product-development strategies, accelerating technology innovation, creating business-development opportunities, developing commercialization strategies and leading proposal efforts.

Before founding J Tierney Associates, Jim led successful careers in both private and public organizations. He was Director of Defense and Homeland Security Business Development for TIAX LLC, a technology and product development business serving commercial and government clients. Jim leveraged an extensive network and knowledge of the military market to establish and maintain relationships with government clients and prime contractors. He led activities ranging from lead generation, proposal management through contract award and customer relationship management across a wide range of technical specialties and provided guidance and insight on military acquisition and procurement matters to improve competitive positioning.

Prior to TIAX LLC, Jim was Director, DoD Business Development & Government Affairs, at Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL) a 3,000 person and $500M/year professional services company. Serving in this dual role, Jim led DoD business development activities while also representing ADL to federal and state level elected officials, especially in Defense and Homeland Security. Among his successes were leading a >$1M program for a major defense supplier that helped it win a US Army $2.6B procurement, and managing a support services contract with US Army Natick Soldier Center that resulted in more than $15M in annual revenue.

His public sector experience includes a variety of technical and leadership positions with the US Army. In his last DoD position, Jim established and led a Program Management Office, PM Soldier Support (now PM Force Sustainment Systems). As Acting Program Manager, Jim hired the initial staff, created the initial organization and internal processes, and provided executive-level leadership for over 50 Army programs. His purview included managing research and development, production, and fielding activities with an annual budget of over $100M. Jim’s leadership and briefings to congressional staff secured annual budget increases of 15% and set the stage for accelerated fielding of several Army systems.


Jim is a graduate of the US Army Management Staff College and the Defense Systems Management College (Advanced Program Management Course), Ft. Belvoir, VA. He received a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, Wellesley MA, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Jim is a Level III Certified Acquisition Professional in both Program Management and Systems Planning and Research, Development, and Engineering under DAWIA.

Boards of Directors

Current member of Board of Trustees for the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School, Framingham, MA