He has published over one hundred columns for publications including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The New Republic, World Politics Review, CNN, Politico, Reason, Legal Affairs, Human Events, The American Conservative, The Washington Examiner, The New Individualist, and TCS Daily and is a regular commentator on world affairs on venues including BBC, NPR, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. A more-or-less complete listing can be found here .
He was the managing editor of Strategic Insights , the professional journal of the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School, from January 2004 to March 2005.
He worked two years as a contract management analyst at the Defense Information Systems Agency  (DISA) in Falls Church, Virginia. Previously, he was acquisitions editor for international affairs at Brassey’s, Inc. (now, Potomac Books ) a Dulles, Virginia book publisher and a political science professor at Troy State University (now, simply Troy University ), Bainbridge College , and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga .
James served in the US Army from 1988 to 1992 and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous service medals and ribbons. He is a graduate of the airborne and air assault schools.
He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his young daughters, Katie and Ellie. He was married to the former Kimberly Webb from October 2005 until her untimely death in November 2011.