Jimmie Williams II, honored by NSBE for Lifetime Achievement
By Patric Petrie, SSC Pacific
Jimmie Williams II, was honored recently at the National Society of Black Engineers' 21st Annual Golden Torch Awards in Pittsburgh where he received the Lifetime Achievement in Government for 2017-2018 award.
Each year, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) honors individuals, companies, and institutions that have produced a consistent body of highly distinguished work, served as role models for others, and advanced opportunities for African Americans within industry. NSBE recognizes accomplishments that have enriched both engineers and the world with intelligence, talent, and vision.
Williams led the development of the first version of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Data Environment and Repository (SPIDER). SPIDER enables a different approach to business operations by utilizing a networked data environment to blend infrastructure, systems, processes, and personnel data. It is a web-based system that connects commands such as SPAWAR, PEO-C4I, Naval Sea Systems Command and others to an authoritative data environment hosting data required to support command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) modernization efforts. SPIDER assists in managing well over 1,000 C4I installations with values exceeding $100 million annually.
Additionally, Williams oversaw the development and growth of a new core competency within SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific).
In 2009, SSC Pacific established an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) to oversee changes to their terrestrial microwave communications infrastructure in the Southern regions of the United States. His skilled leadership and management acumen resulted in the project becoming a model of success within the DHS/CBP community and developed additional business/tasking, significantly expanding the scope of the project.