James P. Farwell

James counsels clients in the areas of Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection. He has obtained a CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. James has advised the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Special Operations Command on cyber and cybersecurity, and strategic communication. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, including Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), Special Operations - Low Intensity Conflict, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Strategic Command and has qualified as an internationally recognized subject matter authority in strategic communication and cyber war. James is an Associate Fellow, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, regarding cyber strategy, authorities, and strategic communication. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at the Joint Special Operations Command.

Prior to joining Elkins in 2016, James was a partner at Chaffe McCall law firm in New Orleans. He has served as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator for the American Arbitration Association. James is also a prolific and accomplished author.


Tulane Law School, J.D.
University of Cambridge, UK (Trinity College) D.C.L.S


Co-Author of The New Reality of Cyber War, International Institute of Strategic Studies, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 54, issue 4 (2012), 107-120

Co-Author of Stuxnet and the Future of Cyberwar, International Institute of Strategic Studies, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 52, no. 6, December 2010-January 2011, 127-50 *

The Emerging Battlespace of Cyberwar: The Legal Framework and Policy Issues, IO Journal, February 2010

Countering Cyber Piracy and Cyber Vandalism: a New Perspective, for the Australian Research Security Institute (2010)

Information Strategy and Effective National Power, IO Journal, August, 2010

Strategic Communications and cyberspace in Mexico’s Drug War, in Open Empowerment: From Digital Protest to Cyber War (R. Muggah, R. Rohozinski eds.) (Ottawa: SecDev. Foundation, 2016)

His commentary on Stuxnet for ISIS in London is the second most heavily downloaded article in the history of SURVIVAL.

Books and Monographs

The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination & Instability (Washington: Potomac Books, 2011)

Persuasion & Power: The Art of Strategic Communication (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2012)

Communication Strategy: How To Forge One That Wins (co-author: Darby Arakelian)(2015)(for Joint Special Operations University, written at its request and will be used for course teaching)

Forging Special Operations Cyber Capabilities to Counter Terrorism (co-author: Rafal Rohozinski) (Monograph for Joint Special Operations University, 2016)(soon to be published)

“Issues of Law Raised by Developments and Use of Neuroscience and Neurtechnology in National Security and Defense,” in Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns (ed.), (Boca Raton: Taylor and Francis, 2014)

Revitalizing Cities: The HRI Vision (in collaboration with Pres Kabacoff, Tom Leonhard and Eddie Boettner), (Lafayette: University of Louisiana Lafayette Press, 2016)

Punch Counter Punch (Co-author: Darby Arakelian) (2016)(awaiting publication)