Jim has broad experience in international business and national security in several executive positions. He has worked within large and small businesses as well as successfully building his own international business development firm. His professional activities included in-country product development efforts in Spain, France, Germany, UK, the Middle East, and Japan.
Prior to his time in private business, Jim completed over 20 years as an officer in the US Navy as a naval aviator, was Commanding Officer of a Navy jet squadron and was selected as an aircraft carrier airwing strike leader. Military duties also included assignments in the Pentagon where Jim was the Special Assistant to the Navy Vice Admiral responsible for force-wide Navy Program Planning and Systems Analyses. A highlight of Jim’s military career was attendance at the Fletcher School under the Navy’s Graduate Fellowship Program.
Currently Jim lectures on Politics in the Global Economy. He holds a Ph.D. and MALD in International Finance and International Security Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an MPA degree in Organizational Leadership from San Diego State University and a BA degree in Political Science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Jim has written extensively on military force structure issues and has presented to executive audiences at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and the Brookings Institution. His areas of interest include the impact of national and international security events on the global economy, and the intersection of political, fiscal, and monetary policies with economic stability.