James Feldkamp

James Feldkamp - Editor

Copy editor with experience at multiple publishing agencies. Specializing in national security, foreign affairs, history and travel.

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Thanks for visiting my Reedsy profile. I am a former Naval aviator, and FBI Agent, with over 25 years of National Security experience. I have a master's degree in International Affairs and have written a university textbook: Theory and Politics of Terrorism. I teach courses in terrorism, and edited numerous books on same from Oxford, Routledge, and Lynne Rienner Publishers. With expertise in international security, law and the Middle East, I enjoy speaking and writing on history, terrorism, current affairs, and “useless male trivia," to provide a unique appreciation of the world.

Born under a rock and raised by wolves, I manage to graduate from university. However, realizing the circus wasn't in town, I opted to forgo the normal route of getting a job and joined the U.S. Navy were I went to flight school and was assigned to the EA-6B “Prowler” - the navy’s carrier based electronic attack aircraft. After flying in Desert Storm and other "adventures" throughout the world, I resigned from active duty to become a Special Agent for the FBI, where I became a founding member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force in Norfolk, Virginia. Needless to say, after 9/11, I was gainfully employed. In 2007, I was recalled to active duty to establish the international outreach office for the Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness, coordinating information-sharing among Federal agencies, foreign governments, and the international shipping industry to increase maritime safety and security.

As mentioned, I teach courses in terrorism and national security, as well as
"enrichment speeches" on cruise ships. In this capacity, I have lectured throughout Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on topics that range from military history, the rise of the Vikings in Scandinavia, "Pirates of the Caribbean," and the culture and cuisine of individuals nations.

Recently, I just completed the "Race of Your Life" from Clipper Race Around the World...finally! We started in 2019, and by 2020, were making our way to China when the Covid Pandemic started. Diverting to the Philippines our race was postponed in 2020, which was the same country where Magellan died in his circumnavigation around the world 500 years ago - oh, the irony. Now I'm back from a journey that lasted 1062 days, and ready to edit again.

Feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your needs.

English (US)
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience


Lynne Rienner Publishing
March, 2019 – April, 2019 (about 1 month)

Reviewed and edited university text book:
When Religion Kills - How Terrorists Justify Violence Through Faith


Rutledge, Taylor and Francis Publishing
January, 2018 – January, 2019 (about 1 year)

Reviewed and edited university textbooks:
No One is Born a Terrorist
Countering Radicalization
Rehabilitation: A Game Changer in Fighting Terrorism

Editor/Architect for online course

Georgetown University
January, 2017 – January, 2018 (about 1 year)

Developed curriculum for MPAI-760: Unconventional Threats and Counterterrorism


Oxford Publishing
October, 2016 – December, 2016 (2 months)

Reviewed and edited university text book:
Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies


Jones and Bartlett Publishing
January, 2015 – March, 2015 (about 2 months)

Reviewed and edited university text book:

Editor / Author

Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013
December, 2013 – August, 2014 (8 months)

Author/editor new university text book:
Theory and Politics of Terrorism

Adjunct Professor

George Mason University, George Washington University
January, 2008 – January, 2017 (about 9 years)

Instructed comprehensive course developed by author on theories and politics of terrorism. Innovative course covers causes of terrorism, history, motivations, and objectives. Class explores military, law enforcement and geopolitical concerns affecting U.S. national counter-terrorism policy.

Portfolio (6 selected works)


Maras, Marie-Helen

James has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Thomas Paine
Great to work with. Thanks

Thomas Paine, December 2021

Jude Raspino
Mr. Feldkamp provided professional insight into my novel on many levels. His knowledge of plot, pace, timing, and word use was fantastic. I was most impressed with his knowledge of military jargon and weapons specifications. Right up my ally for this military, terrorism tale. Jude Raspino

Jude Raspino, October 2021

Cherie Smith
Very nice working with him.

Cherie Smith, August 2021

Bill Sims
Unfortunately I was very disappointed with my collaboration with James Feldkamp. I have no way of knowing what his understanding of our arrangement was. Perhaps it was a bad time for him to participate in this, don't know. From the beginning, communication and punctuality were almost non-existent. James 1st response was basically a proofread, which took weeks, and seemed to appear when I asked...
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Bill Sims, January 2021

James Feldkamp
It is a shame that Bill was disappointed by our collaboration. But the facts don't support his assessment. Having requested developmental editor, I sent the initial review of his novel, and was ...
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Carmen Cady
James helped with developmental edits for my fiction book. His suggestions definitely created a better product. He was timely and easy to work with. It was a great experience and I'm excited about the final product.

Carmen Cady, September 2020

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