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.