Jim is a mechanical engineer who co-founded Kinetic Defense with Christina Barker in 2006. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (with an emphasis on Aeronautics and Astronautics) from MIT, and has been working to develop innovative solutions for the aviation industry since 1985.
Prior to founding Kinetic Defense, Jim served as a Consulting Engineer and FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for engines and powerplant installations. He gained experience with Flight Test Engineering and Powerplant Engineering at the Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Certification Office in Fort Worth, Texas. He founded his first company, Transport Technologies, in 1995 so he could help meet the needs of customers in search of high-performing composite parts for aircraft. Transport Technologies later became Novakinetics Aerosystems Inc., which served as an incubator for the development of Kinetic Defense’s first ballistic panel designs for aircraft.
When Jim and Christina founded Kinetic Defense in 2006 as a spin-off of Novakinetics, Jim applied his focus toward developing high-performance ballistic armor systems for aircraft. The company is now a leading developer and manufacturer of ballistic systems used by the U.S. Department of State, the Iraqi Air Force, and Afghan Air Force.
Christina Barker is Vice President and co-founder of Kinetic Defense. She became “addicted to aviation” in 1996 when she took a job as a secretary for a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Engineering Representative (DER).
After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Christina became Vice President of Manufacturing for Transport Technologies. When the company was reborn as Novakinetics in 2001, Christina continued to improve training programs as VP of Operations. In 2005, she became VP of Operations at Kinetic Defense, which afforded her the opportunity to co-design the ballistic blanket system currently flying on 32 helicopters overseas. Christina currently resides in Flagstaff with her daughter, Danica, and enjoys being involved in the community.