//Jim Ratti, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Jim Ratti, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Project Description

Jim Ratti

Key Specialties

  • Program Management

  • Cost/Schedule Control

  • Integration/Test

  • Risk Management

  • Military Airworthiness Certification

  • Proposal Management


Jim Ratti

Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)

Colonel Jim Ratti, USAF (Ret), is a seasoned business executive, program manager, engineer, acquisition expert, and consultant with over 35 years of hands-on experience successfully managing and guiding development, production, modernization, and support programs across the Department of Defense (DOD). Prior to retirement from the USAF, he served as the A-10 weapon system program manager. Since then, he has assisted numerous large and small businesses in structuring complex program execution plans and proposals and is a recognized integrated master planning and scheduling (IMP/IMS) expert. Jim was named to the Dayton Aerospace board of directors in 2014, became president in 2015 and president emeritus in 2020.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Developed business case and persuaded senior USAF leadership to fund a $1.2B competitive program to replace fatigued wings on A-10 aircraft worldwide. Program doubled original life span and saves $2.6B over weapon system life cycle.
  • Led most extensive avionics upgrade in the history of the A-10 aircraft—a $477M program that provided precision weapons and data link capabilities to the entire fleet.
  • Expertly led efforts to reduce manufacturing costs of state-of-the-art F-22 engine. Crafted a cost and profit-sharing incentive program and reduced production costs over $38M in just one year.
  • Formed and led team composed of representation from four organizations to deliver a $2B training systems support contract.

Key Positions

  • President, Dayton Aerospace, Inc.
  • Senior Associate, Dayton Aerospace, Inc.
  • System Program Manager, A-10 System Program Office
  • Director, Training Systems Management Directorate
  • Director, F119 (F-22) Engine Program
  • Chief, Program Support Division, Training Systems Product Group (TSPG)
  • Commander, 412th Flight Test Squadron


  • MS, Operations Management, University of Arkansas
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, US Air Force Academy (USAFA)
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air War College
  • Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)