Jim Sutton

Jim Sutton

Expertise Areas

  • Army and Defense Acquisition Programs
  • Defense Systems Program Management
  • Ammunition, TACOM, Engineering Equipment and Sensors
  • Program Development, Competition and Life Cycle Strategy
  • Program Solicitation and Proposal Assessment



Mr. Sutton supports clients in program management efforts using his extensive experience with Army acquisition programs and at the Department of the Army. His expertise spans multiple commodities including ammunition, combat and tactical vehicles, engineer equipment, and electronic sensors. Mr. Sutton also supports clients across the entire program lifecycle, including in program development and justification, competition, management, engineering development, production, and logistics.

Prior to joining The Spectrum Group, Mr. Sutton served in several key systems and services executive and management roles for the U.S. Army, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services, where he held responsibility for shaping the Army’s institutional strategy for the acquisition of services. In this role, he established department management oversight of the Army’s $50 billion in services programs by working across the Department headquarters and with all the direct-reporting Army commands, resulting in the first-ever baseline of Army-wide services programs and control, approval, and reporting processes which identified $11 billion in savings.

In his previous roles, Mr. Sutton also led the execution of all Army conventional munitions programs, including the milestone decision process and management of Army and joint services munitions, and the integration and synchronization of joint munitions programs. He also served in project management offices for close combat ammunition systems, heavy tactical vehicles, night vision , the Future Combat System (FCS) and the Abrams tank.


  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services, U.S. Army
  • Program Executive Officer, Ammunition, U.S. Army
  • Program Manager, Close Combat Ammunition Systems, U.S. Army
  • Program Manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles, U.S. Army


  • M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California
  • M.S., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • B.S., Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University