About the Author
James H. Kelly is a native of Rhode Island and served with the Department of Defense for 45 years. His active military service spans 27 years with the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. Upon leaving active duty, he served as an Air and Cruise Missile Defense Analyst and Program Manager, Department Manager, and Division Manager for CAS, Incorporated then joined Computer Sciences Corporation, supporting both the Joint Staff and the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization.
James entered Government Service in 2004 serving in a series of assignments: first, as a Deputy Division Chief on the staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; second, serving as the Deputy Director, Competitive Strategies Group, for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading both cultural and technical red teaming efforts to counter IED; and finally, in 2010, he formed the Director’s Strategy Group, senior adviser support to the Director, JIEDDO.
Writing for senior executive service leaders and general officers throughout his career included extensive concepts, plans, studies, position papers and academic papers on a broad range of multi-service topics. Among his varied staff assignments, he served as editor of the Air-Land-Sea Bulletin with distribution across the Department of Defense and Joint Community.
James retired from the Department of Defense in 2014 to begin a new career in writing.
His military education spans an entire career and includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College (Distinguished Graduate), the Army War College Defense Strategy Course, and the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from William Peterson University, Wayne, New Jersey; a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Management from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan; and a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in Washington, D.C..
He and his lovely wife, Linda, reside in Venice, Florida.