Jim Feldkamp is a retired U.S. Navy Commander with extensive experience in various security roles. Initially serving as a Naval Flight Officer, he specialized as a Counter-Measures Officer and Navigator for the EA-6B, a carrier-based electronic attack aircraft. He participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, flying off the USS Midway.
After transitioning to the U.S. Naval Reserves, he took on a role as a Special Agent for the FBI in Norfolk, Virginia. He became a founding member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force and, as part of his collateral duties, served as one of three pilots responsible for conducting aerial surveillance in criminal and terrorist cases.
In 2004, he left the FBI to run as the Republican candidate for Oregon's 4th Congressional District, a role he pursued in both the 2004 and 2006 election cycles. He returned to active naval reserve duty in 2007 to help establish the precursor to the NMIO, coordinating information-sharing efforts related to maritime security among U.S. agencies, foreign governments, and the international shipping industry.
Currently, he serves as a Subject Matter Expert at Georgetown University, where he is developing a course focused on "Terrorism and Unconventional Threats." Previously, he taught as an adjunct professor at both George Mason University and George Washington University, offering courses on domestic and international terrorism. Feldkamp has also contributed to academia as the author and editor of a university textbook on the "Theory and Politics of Terrorism," published by Cognella Academic Publishing.
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