Huntington Ingalls Industries said earlier this month it has named James LaCroix, a former Naval Undersea Warfare Center official, corporate director of the company's advanced technologies office in Newport, RI.
“As the director of the Advanced Technologies Office, LaCroix is responsible for interaction and cooperation with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division, and with the Naval War College to strengthen HII’s ability to translate innovative ideas and technologies more quickly into operational capabilities for customers,” the contractor said. “This position also supports experimentation, exercises and analytic efforts through internal research and development across the company.”
LaCroix started at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center as an intern in 1980 and became a full-time employee in 1983. He “spent a majority of his career involved in all phases of the torpedo acquisition process, including developing acquisition and contractual documentation and the design, development and testing of torpedo programs,” according to HII.