Booz Allen Hamilton has hired retired NASA astronaut and former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, James F. Reilly II, as an executive adviser.
Reilly will work with partners from the Defense Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, intelligence community agencies, universities and the commercial space industry on solutions for space-related services and applications.
“As government space initiatives merge with those in the commercial sector, we’ll have essentially unlimited potential in areas like microgravity research, earth characterization, transportation, and manufacturing,” Reilly said. “I’m excited to join a team with the ability to recognize, scope, and respond to future needs in this evolving market.”
As USGS director, Reilly oversaw an operating budget of $1.8 billion and modernization efforts that accelerated the delivery of critical information. As an astronaut at NASA, he flew three spaceflight missions and conducted five spacewalks.
Reilly has also managed higher education and professional development programs in STEM and space sciences, and provided space operations training to joint U.S. and allied forces as the lead curriculum developer for the U.S. Air Force National Security Space Institute.
“As someone who has managed teams, critical systems, and projects in space and on the ground, Jim provides strategic guidance that will prove invaluable as we advance our space business forward,” said Andrea Inserra, Booz Allen executive vice president and leader of the firm’s aerospace account.