Lead Consultant Intelligence & Counterterrorism
James Feldkamp has built an extraordinary career that crosses the boundaries of the U.S. Navy, federal law enforcement, politics, and scholarly pursuits. Originally, he served as a Counter-Measures Officer and Navigator on the EA-6B, a U.S. Navy carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft. During this period, he was deployed on the USS Midway and took part in the landmark Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991.
Switching roles, he later joined the Naval Reserves and became an FBI Special Agent situated in Norfolk, Virginia. In this capacity, he had a critical hand in the creation of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force and also acted as one of a limited number of pilots designated for aerial surveillance in cases involving both crime and terrorism.
Venturing into the political domain, he vied for the Republican seat for Oregon's 4th Congressional District during the elections of 2004 and 2006. He subsequently returned to active naval reserve duty in 2007, contributing significantly to the initial foundation of what would later become the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO). Here, he coordinated the sharing of non-classified maritime intelligence with multiple domestic and international partners.
At present, he contributes to Georgetown University as a Subject Matter Expert, where he's involved in formulating a course titled "Terrorism and Unconventional Threats." Previously, he served as an adjunct professor at both George Mason and George Washington Universities, teaching courses that explored the various dimensions of terrorism. Additionally, Feldkamp has authored and edited an academic textbook dedicated to the "Theory and Politics of Terrorism."