NEWPORT, R.I. - James Norton, a recipient of two degrees from Salve Regina University, has been appointed as the director of Homeland Security and Federal Strategies for General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. In this position, Norton will lead the Washington Operation's Federal, Civil and Intelligence Community group from the company's Crystal City, Va., office.
Norton received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master's degree in management from Salve Regina.
Prior to this appointment, he served as a director of government relations for General Dynamics. His government-service credentials include senior-level positions at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from 2003 to 2007, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from 2001 to 2003.
He is a former member of Secretary Michael Chertoff's senior executive staff at DHS, and also served as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs for DHS, working on key issues such as the initial rollout of the National Cyber Security Division, Intelligence Reform Act, Katrina Reform Act, Appropriations Acts for Fiscal Years 2005 through 2008 and the Secure Border Initiative.
General Dynamics is based in Falls Church, Va.
As an adjunct professor with Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Washington D.C., Norton has been teaching courses relating to Homeland Security and Congress since 2008.
He serves on the National Board of Directors for the Curt and Shonda Schilling Melanoma Shade Foundation of America.