James Howcroft

James Howcroft is a DIA-certified master educator assigned to the United States European and Africa Commands’ Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility (RJITF) located in the United Kingdom. Mr. Howcroft recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 30 years service as an Intelligence Officer. He served in a wide range of Marine Corps tactical and operational Intelligence billets, from Infantry Battalion up to the Marine Expeditionary Force level. His combat tours included service with the 2nd Marine Division in Operation Desert Storm and service with both the 1st Marine Division and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a Master’s of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Military operations in an urban area are not normally thought of as a “Small Wars” concern, yet they are an important capability that will remain relevant.

The ability of Americans and partners to coordinate and cooperate will greatly influence how successful we are at addressing the international security threats of the 21st Century.

While we pay lip service to ‘partnership’, the US military is still used to being the dominant player. This  ‘reality’ is changing. 

The trajectory of developments holds value as a guide to the challenges of the next decade and the education and training needed to meet them.

Intelligence shortcomings lie in how we share and utilize the information and data we have at our disposal.