Jim Wade is the Director of Government Business Development for REDCOM. His role includes interfacing directly with government and Department of Defense customers and contacts to create meaningful connections, present REDCOM solutions, developing business and lasting relationships. Jim joined the REDCOM team in September of 2019, coming from 37 years of careers in the United States Marine Corps and as a Department of Defense Civilian.
During the first part of his career, Jim served as an Artillery Officer in 2nd and 3rd Marine Division, a Series Officer in the Recruit Training Regiment and a Team Leader in 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO). As a Field Grade Officer, he served as a Planner in Marine Forces Europe G3, an Operations Officer in United States European Command Military Liaison Teams in Bulgaria and Albania and a Counter Terrorism Planner in United States European Command. As a Colonel, he was United States Central Command Chief of Partner Security Forces Plans, responsible for Iraqi Security Forces Plans and Afghan National Security Forces Plans.
As a civilian, Jim worked as a Strategist at United States Africa Command. He joined AFRICOM Strategy Branch when the Command was formed; participated in writing the first and second Theater Campaign Plans and coordinated AFRICOM efforts for preparation of planning reviews to the Secretary of Defense. He was the Lead Strategist for AFRICOM’s Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan directed planning and a member of Sudan and Somalia planning teams.
Jim’s final DoD assignment was with the US Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) G-5. He wrote the MARSOC Assessment Plan, executed the first assessment of the Campaign Plan and represented MARSOC in SOCOM future concept development efforts. He was MARSOC lead for SOCOM Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) planning, assisting SOCOM in writing the CWMD pathway to defeat.
With his extensive experience and a deep understanding of the needs of REDCOM’s government and military customers, Jim is a vital asset in creating meaningful relationships with our customers and helping to develop unique solutions for them. He enjoys working at REDCOM where he gets out of the office and interfaces directly with our customers. In his spare time, Jim enjoys being outside, traveling, spending time with his family.