James Feldkamp: Security and Foreign Policy Specialist
For over three decades, James Feldkamp has been a trusted leader in the fields of international security and foreign policy initiatives. In both public and private sectors, Jim’s experience has resulted in the advancement of knowledge in safety preparedness. He is a subject matter expert in emergency management, terrorism/counterterrorism, personal protection, and threat assessment. He has trained thousands of individuals as an adjunct professor while serving as the Lead Consultant for Complete Threat Preparedness, a prominent threat management firm with multiple locations in the United States and abroad.
Education and Military Experience
James Feldkamp began his education at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from the University in 1983 and was a member of the NAIA National Championship football team while enrolled there. Immediately after completing his A.A., James was accepted to Oregon State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from OSU in 1986.
Mr. Feldkamp joined the United States Navy in 1986. During his military career, James was an Electronic Counter-Measures Officer (ECMO) aboard the Navy’s EA-6B “Prowler”, a carrier-based aircraft designed specifically for electronic warfare. James flew off the USS Midway in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and served with distinction as part of Carrier Group 8. By the time he retired from active Naval service in 1998, he had attained the rank of Commander – a testament to the leadership skills he had developed over the course of his military service. During his career as a Naval flight officer, James attended the U.S. Naval War College, earning a diploma in strategic planning and operations.
As his active-duty Naval career was ending, James Feldkamp was accepted to The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Here, he earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, completing his coursework in 1996.
James was recalled to reserve duty in 2007 to help establish an office focusing on the coordination of maritime security information sharing for governments and maritime industry partners. This office was a precursor to the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, which continues to foster domain awareness to protect the United States and its allies from threats.
Law Enforcement and Political Experience
In 1999, James Feldkamp joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent. At the FBI, James was tasked with investigating federal crimes, particularly in international and domestic terrorism. He also led and participated in foreign counterintelligence operations.
James was a founding member of the Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which was responsible for investigating and prosecuting individuals identified as participants in domestic and foreign terrorism activities. The joint task force prosecuted cases against members of Hamas, Al-Qaeda, and Hezbollah.
Because he was an experienced Naval pilot, James was recruited as one of three pilots in the Norfolk FBI office to conduct aerial surveillance of suspects in ongoing criminal and terrorist investigations. He participated in surveillance flights for the FBI throughout the United States and with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the months following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack against U.S. targets.
James left the FBI in 2004 to pursue his political aspirations. He was a Congressional candidate representing District 4 in Oregon for the U.S. House of Representatives. James was the primary winner and nominee for general elections in 2004 and 2006. During his time as a candidate, he worked directly with members of Congress to increase voter participation. His campaign was responsible for raising nearly $2 million and managing both volunteer and paid campaign employees.
Leadership in Outreach and Education
As a Special Agent and former combat Naval officer, James Feldkamp had amassed a considerable amount of expertise in terrorism, counterterrorism, and maritime security. As a result, he was highly sought after to share his expertise. In 2007, Mr. Feldkamp was appointed as the Branch Head for the Outreach and Coordination Division of the Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness (OGMSA) in Washington, D.C. His mission was to support an interagency team’s efforts in sharing maritime threat information to improve safety and security at sea.
In 2010, James got the opportunity to build on the work he had done as a Naval reservist when he was selected as the Outreach Coordinator in the Maritime Domain Integration Branch of the NMIO. James directed information-sharing initiatives and provided his extensive knowledge to further protect U.S. maritime interests.
During his time as a maritime security outreach specialist, James Feldkamp was given the opportunity to help instruct college students on concepts of foreign policy, the politics of terrorism, and unconventional threats. He served as an adjunct professor at several major U.S. universities, including:
George Mason Universities
The George Washington University
National American University
James Feldkamp distilled his subject matter expertise into a university textbook entitled Theory & Politics of Terrorism (San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013). He was also a frequent guest speaker aboard ships of the Royal Caribbean Cruises on voyages in the Caribbean, the Baltics, and Asia. His enrichment presentations covered the history, opportunities, and cuisine of some of the cruise line’s ports of call.
Leadership and Professionalism in Threat Assessment
James Feldkamp has been an instrumental voice in threat assessment for over 20 years. To share organizations with his extensive knowledge, he founded JLF Solutions, a group that provided training and expertise in the fields of counterterrorism, transnational crime, and maritime domain awareness. He participated as a keynote speaker at dozens of symposia and workshops while consulting with companies and governmental entities on improving maritime safety. Some of his clients included:
Department of Defense
National Classification Management Society
Denzenhall Resources, Inc.
GWU Elliott School of International Affairs
Tri-Way International Group
Foreign military and intelligence organizations
In 2017, James joined Complete Threat Preparedness as the Lead Consultant in Intelligence & Counterterrorism. The Portland-based company provides training and consultation to both individuals and public/private organizations on safety, security, and protection against hazards. Mr. Feldkamp’s experience and leadership in threat assessment makes him a vital member of the organization. He continues to instruct, inform, and guide others about managing threat exposures, helping to keep facilities and people safe around the world.