2008 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. James T. Doherty

Citation: For extraordinary leadership, technical contributions and initiatives for the Loran and GPS navigation systems and excellence in his extensive service to The Institute of Navigation.


Mr. Doherty has distinguished himself as an outstanding administrative leader and technical contributor to the art and science of navigation. His distinguished leadership and accomplishments have been manifested not only in his professional navigation organizations, but also in his on-going professional career with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). His leadership skills, technical expertise and exceptional self-discipline were well molded during his highly successful thirty-year career as an officer in the USCG.

Mr. Doherty earned a B.S. with Honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a registered Professional Electrical Engineer, and a Master of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College. During Mr. Doherty's lengthy Coast Guard career, he received multiple awards for service and dedication. His career included numerous national and international contributions to critical Loran operational transitions, modernizations and performance enhancements using GPS. In his role as a senior analyst for IDA, he has been a member of the GPS Independent Review Team and served as the executive director for the Enhanced Loran (eLoran) Independent Assessment Team for Under Secretary of Transportation and Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Loran Association.

Mr. Doherty's unwavering dedication to The Institute of Navigation is evidenced by his many years of service in leadership roles. He has served as both program and general chairs for the ION's National Technical Meeting, is a current member of Council, is a past chair of the Washington, D.C. Section, served as Eastern Region Vice President, as Executive Vice President, and finally as President from 2005-2007.

All who have had the privilege of knowing and working with him will attest to Mr. Doherty's worthiness of the ION Fellow Award.