Jim Hawkins

Senior Principal
  • Dynamite since: 16 June 2019.
  • Likes: Southeastern Conference college football, craft beer, tanks, history, family game night and responding to disasters.
  • Dislikes: When you are waiting for a car to pull out of parking space so you can park and the driver takes longer to start the car and put it in gear than it does to power up and launch the space shuttle.
  • Interesting Fact about Yourself: I am the best at humility. The best. Despite the fact my wife says I need to work on that.

Jim Hawkins joined Dynamis in June 2019 as a Senior Principal for Emergency Management and for Huntsville, Alabama operations. He brings over 30 years of leadership experience with emergency management, homeland security and national defense expertise. Jim has extensive experience working and leading under pressure in fast-paced, high stress environments including major natural disasters and overseas contingency operations.

Most recently, Jim served as the Director of Military Support and J3/5/7 for the Alabama National Guard in Montgomery, Alabama. In that position, he coordinated and oversaw civil support operations for the Alabama National Guard. Additional responsibilities included management of the state’s Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection, Operational Security and Physical Security programs. Additionally, he served as the State Provost Marshal and coordinated Alabama’s partnership with Romania in the State Partnership Program.

Jim has extensive experience in civil support operations, having served in over 40 disaster response operations including numerous major hurricanes, the Deepwater Horizons Oil Spill, the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history on April 27, 2011 and other manmade and natural disasters. A nationally recognized authority on Defense Support of Civil Authorities and Homeland Security, he is a frequent guest instructor at Air University at Maxwell, AFB and at USNORTHCOM. He also served two years as the Chairman of the National J3/7 Functional Advisory Committee to the National Guard Bureau.

Jim graduated with honors from Athens State University, in Athens, Alabama. Highlights of his military education include the Combined Armed Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, the DOD Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course, the Executive Joint Domestic Operations Course, the Joint Task Force Commander Course and the Dual-Status Commander Qualification Course. He completed the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education Leadership in Homeland Security program. Jim is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies.