James Howcroft

James Howcroft serves as the Director of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center. Professor Howcroft retired as a Colonel after 30 years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. 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 include duty with the 2nd Marine Division in Operation Desert Storm and tours of duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) with both the 1st Marine Division and then the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq.

While in the Marine Corps, Colonel Howcroft was trained and served as a Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer. His Foreign Area Officer service includes two tours of duty as a military attaché at the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia. He was also the first permanent US Defense Attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Commandant of the Marine Corps has nominated him for inclusion in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Attaché Hall of Fame in recognition for his contributions while in Moscow and Tbilisi. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”.

While in the Marine Corps, Colonel Howcroft served as the Marine Corps Commandant’s Chair on the Marshall Center Faculty from 2004 to 2008. For the five years prior to rejoining the Marshall Center in 2014,  Professor Howcroft was a Course Director for  the United States European and Africa Commands’ Expeditionary Intelligence Training Program, teaching intelligence collection and analysis to thousands of US, European and African partners engaged in Combat, Counterterrorist, Counterinsurgency and Peace Support Operations around the world.

Professor Howcroft’ s professional education includes a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the US Defense Intelligence College. He is a graduate of the US Army Russian Institute and Duke University.

Professor Howcroft has authored a number of articles on intelligence and operational cultural issues and is a frequent contributor to Small Wars Journal.

As one CT practitioner at a recent George C. Marshall Center event noted, “Counter Terrorism in the absence of women is doomed to fail.”

Capturing the buildings of Mosul are secondary to conducting the battle in a way that secures the greater key to stability - the loyalty and support of the population of Mosul.

The conflict between Georgia and Russia over Abkhazia and South Ossetia provide a number of valuable and relevant lessons for international organizations and the international community.

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.