Jim Feldkamp



Commander Jim Feldkamp, USN Ret., has led an exemplary career spanning the fields of military service, federal law enforcement, politics, and academia. He began his career as a US Naval Flight Officer, serving as a Counter-Measures Officer (ECMO) and Navigator for the EA-6B, the U.S. Navy's carrier-based electronic attack aircraft. In 1991, during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he flew missions from the USS Midway, contributing to the military operations in the Persian Gulf War.


Transitioning to the U.S. Naval Reserves, he embarked on a new career path as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based in Norfolk, Virginia. There, he became a founding member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force, playing a key role in counter-terrorism efforts. As part of his collateral duties, he was one of three pilots in the Norfolk office tasked with conducting aerial physical surveillance of suspects involved in criminal and terrorist cases. In 2004, he decided to resign from the FBI and enter the world of politics, running as the Republican nominee for Oregon's District 4 Congressional seat in both the 2004 and 2006 election cycles.


In 2007, he was called back to active Navy reserve duty to help establish the precursor office of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO). In this capacity, he coordinated the sharing of non-classified information between U.S. federal government agencies, foreign governments, and the international maritime shipping industry. His efforts aimed to bolster maritime security and increase maritime domain awareness.


His expertise extends to academia as well. Currently, he serves as a Subject Matter Expert at Georgetown University, where he is developing a course on "Terrorism and Unconventional Threats." His previous teaching engagements include positions as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and George Washington University, instructing undergraduate courses on domestic and international terrorism.


In addition to his teaching contributions, he has authored and edited a university textbook through Cognella Academic Publishing on the "Theory and Politics of Terrorism." This comprehensive work provides valuable insights into the complex subject of terrorism and its implications.


Commander Jim Feldkamp's multifaceted career has left a lasting impact on the fields of counter-terrorism, maritime security, and academia. His dedication to national security and contributions to our understanding of terrorism continue to be an invaluable asset