James Farwell

James P. Farwell is an author and national security expert in strategic communication, social media analytics, political media and strategy, cyber policy, cyber security, strategy and authorities. He is an experienced political consultant, having advised in Presidential elections in the U.S. and abroad, as well as statewide and congressional elections, and in issue management campaigns for referenda and legislation.

He has advised the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND, U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND and the U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND.

He is the author or co-author of four of the leading books on strategic communication and information warfare, including one used by the Joint Special Operations University, where he is Adjunct Faculty, as part of its teaching curriculum.


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Through the International Association of Privacy Professionals he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with expertise as a consultant and cyber law attorney on Information Security Programs, privacy issues, and cyber insurance.


Global Security 

 Mr. Farwell is a recognized expert with an international reputation in the legal and policy issues for cyber war and cyber security, and strategic communication. His geographic topical expertise includes political dynamics including for elections in North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and the Mexican Drug War.

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.

For the Defense Science Board on Strategic Communications summer study in 2004, Mr. Farwell was the author of four of the five “products” and two of the four “programs” that DSB endorsed. Frequently invited to speak on Information Strategy and GWOT, including at the USSOCOM/USSTRATCOM FMA Conference; JIOWC; the J-7 War Plan division of JCS; the  2007 London IO conference;  U.S. Army War College; US STRATCOM’s conferences on Strategic Communication; the Joint Special Operations University; NATO’s Advanced Research Workshop Science for Peace Program (organized by the UK Defence Academy); the Australia Security Research Centre’s cyber security conference in Canberra in 2010 and 2011; and the 2011 general conference of the Council for Security Cooperation – Asia Pacific (CSCAP) on cyber war.  In October, 2012, he served as Chairman for the Safeguarding Australia cyber security conference. Has lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; the Foreign Service Institute; and the Joint Special Operations University. In 2014, he addressed the Santa Fe World Affairs Council and the NATO Center of Excellence on Counter-Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey.

He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Special Operations Command (US SOCOM). He was a co-architect of SOVEREIGN CHALLENGE, a flagship program of SOCOM entailing outreach to the foreign military attaché and senior military officers in Washington.  He advises on strategic initiatives and engagement. His work for SOCOM has included outreach to think tanks, foundations, and the academic community. For Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, he helped develop a new plan for Strategic Communication.



 He is a long-time Republican political consultant. Mr. Farwell has international experience in handling political campaigns at the presidential level in handling campaigns for strategy and media. He has advised legislative candidates abroad, including United Bermuda Party; New Democracy Party (Greece); Lee Hoi Chang (Presidential, Korea); Antiqua; and British MPs. In the United States, he has handled or advised as to strategy and media in campaigns for the U.S. Presidency, Senate, Governor, Congress and statewide offices.

He served as the Executive Director of the McCain Ad Council for Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign. His clients have included U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Dave Treen, Governor Mary Fallon (for Lt. Gov. and Congress), Senator Craig Thomas, Senator Tim Hutchison, Congressmen Greg Ganske, Jack Kingston, Randy Tate, Ken Blackwell, Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller, Lt. Gov. Melinda Schwegmann, and many others. He advised Newt Gingrich as well for his 2012 Presidential campaign, and in 2016, served as a national security adviser to John Kasich’s campaign for President.



As an attorney, he was a partner at Chaffe McCall law firm, specializing in business law and litigation for major national and international clients, and later as Of Counsel to Elkins & Associates. He has rejoined the latter – now called Elkins P.L.C. — as Of Counsel to handle cybersecurity matters. He has served as Arbitrator for NYSE and American Arbitration Association, and as a Mediator for American Arbitration Association.


Strategic Consulting

 He has international experience in handling political campaigns at the presidential level in handling campaigns for strategy and media. He has advised legislative candidates abroad, including United Bermuda Party; New Democracy Party (Greece); Lee Hoi Chang (Presidential, Korea); Antiqua; and British MPs. In the United States, he has handled or advised as to strategy and media in campaigns for the U.S. Presidency, Senate, Governor, Congress and statewide offices. He has advised U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Governors and other statewide officials. He served as the Executive Director of John McCain’s Ad Council during his 2008 Presidential bid. He has advised former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich since 1989, including during his 2012 Presidential bid. In 2016, he provided counsel to four Presidential campaigns on a non-partisan basis as to national security issues and was formally a member of John Kasich’s National Security task force.

 Mr. Farwell has worked with major multi-nationals including R.J.R. Nabisco, Philip Morris, Freeport-McMoran, Monsanto, Entergy Corporation, Microsoft, Boeing, and Monsanto. He has also worked for advocacy groups and business associations such as the Coalition for Affordable Power, Louisiana Lottery, Louisiana Council for Fiscal Reform, North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry, and the American Insurance Association.


Education and Notable

 He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, a J.D. in Law from Tulane University, and a D.C.L.S. in Comparative Law from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College).

He was named one of America’s “Rising Stars” by Campaign & Elections Magazine and cited by Roll Call as one of the top political consultants in the United States, with experience nationally and internationally in Presidential campaigns. He serves on the Business Council of New Orleans as Advisor to the Executive Committee.


Academic Appointments

 Mr. Farwell is an Associate Fellow in the Kings Centre for Strategic Communications, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. He serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Joint Special Operations University.


Special Certification

 Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals, in cybersecurity and data protection.






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)(forthcoming from 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.

“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).

“Strategic communications and cyberspace in Mexico’s Drug War (co-authors: Darby Arakelian and Antoine Nouvet), in Open Empowerment: From Digital Protest to Cyber War  (R. Muggah & R. Rohozinski, Ed)(Ottawa: SecDef Foundation, 2016).

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

The Architecture of Cybersecurity (co-authors: V. Roddy, G. Elkins, Y. Chalker), (Lafayette: University of Louisiana Lafayette (Sans Souci imprint), 2017).

Punch Counter Punch: Winning the Information War (forthcoming in 2018)(All author royalties to be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation).


Cyber War/Neurotechnology

 “The New Modern Piracy: Hacking Medical Devices,” Lammico Medical Interactive (March 2016).

“The Ethical Implications of Neuro-Implants in the Brain,” Lammico Medical Interactive (February 2016).

“Cyber Hackers: The Next Threat to Medical Devices for the Heart,” Lammico Medical Interactive (January 2016).

 “Deliver us from evil? The temptation, realities and neuroethical-legal issues of employing assessment neurotechnologies in public safety initiatives,” (co-authors: James Giordano, Anvita Kulkarni), Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2013.

James P. Farwell and Darby Arakelian (with Rafal Rohozinski), “A Better Syria Option: Cyber War,” The National Interest, September 6, 2012:

James P. Farwell and Darby Arakelian, “What does Iran’s Cyber Capability Mean for Future Conflict?”, Whitehead Journal of International Diplomacy and International Relations, Vol. XIV, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2013).

“Industry’s Vital Role in National Cyber Security,” Strategic Studies Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter 2012).

James P. Farwell and Rafal Rohozinski, “The New Reality of Cyber War,” International Institute of  Strategic Studies, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 54, issue 4 (2012), 17-120.

 James P. Farwell and Rafal Rohozinski, “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. This is the second most heavily downloaded article in the history of Survival.

James P. Farwell, “Take Chinese Hacking to the WTO,” The National Interest, March 15, 2013:

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

“Collusion and Collision: Searching for Guidance in Chinese Cyberspace,” (co-author), The SecDev Group, September 20, 2011.

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

“13 things to know about to protect against cyber hacking,” (co-author: G. Elkins) CityBusiness,  May, 4, 2017.


National Security and Strategic Communication:

 “A Closer Look at Yemen,” Defence Strategic Communications, Vol. 2 (Spring 2017), p. 192-203.

“On Winning Today’s Wars: New Insights,” Parameters, Vol. 46(2) (Summer 2016).

“The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility,” (book review), Parameters, Vol. 46(4) (Winter 2016), pp. 134-136.

“Using Information in Contemporary War,” (co-author: Darby Arakelian), Parameters, 46(3) Autumn 2016;

“Victory in Today’s Wars: New Insights on the Role of Communications,” Parameters, 46(2)(Summary 2016.

“Information Warfare is a Strategic Key in the Battle Against ISIS,” (Co-author: D. Arakelian), forthcoming in the new issue of Parameters, 2016.

“Saudi Arabia Could be the Key to America’s ‘Russia in Syria’ Problem,” (co-author: George Beebe), National Interest, October 7, 2015:

“Anti-ISIS Coalition: Testing Russia’s Intentions in Syria,” (co-author: George Beebe), National Interest, September 30, 2015:;

“The Media Strategy of ISIS,” Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, (Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015), p. 49;

“Time for Pakistan to Get Tough on Terrorism,” (Co-author: Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum), National Interest, January 13, 2015:; “Credibility is the Key to Exposing ISIS,” Politics and Strategy: Survival Editors Blog, International Institute of Strategic Studies, November 19, 2014:; “The Prosecution of Pervez Musharraf,” Survival: Gobal Politics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Vol. 56, No. 4 (Aug-Sept. 2014), pp. 33-38.

“War on Our Doorstep: Not a Mere Crime Problem,” (co-author: Darby Arakelian), Strategic Studies Quarterly, Spring (2014):

“Syria: Let the Locals Lead,” (co-author: Darby Arakelian), The National Interest, November 22, 2013:

“Al Shabaab and the New Threat We Face,” (co-author: Darby Arakelian), The National Interest, November 5, 2013:

“Mexico: America’s Number One Threat,” (Co-author: Rafal Rohozinski), The National Interest, October 9, 2013:

“Reality Check for Egypt,” (with Darby Arakelian), Huffington Post, July 18, 2013; cross-published in DefenseIQ, Policy.Mic, and Front Post.

“Morsi Strikes Again to Tighten Isalmist Control,” Huffington Post, June 6, 2013: Cross-published in PolicyMic, DefenseIQ., and Front Post.

“Slaughtering Elephants and Rhinos to Finance Terrorist Groups and Crime,” Huffington Post, May 24, 2013:

“The Hard Realities of Syria,” (Co-authored with Rafal Rohozinski), Huffington Post, May 15, 2013:

“Beware of the Syrian Sucker Punch,” Huffington Post, May 3, 2013:; cross-published:

“How Morsi Keeps Opponents Off Balance,” Huffington Post, April 11, 2013:

James P. Farwell and Darby Arakelian, “The Egyptian Trick Box,” DefenseIQ.Com, March 21, 2013:; and  Huffington Post, March 21, 2013:;

“The Iranian Rescue Operation: A Missed Opportunity?”, Huffington Post, February 27, 2013:

“Egypt’s Challenge,” Huffington Post, January 28, 2013:

“The Pentagon’s Public Affairs Battle,” The National Interest, January 15, 2013.

“Violence as Propaganda,” International Institute for Strategic Studies, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 54, No. 5 (Oct-Nov 2012), pp. 203-214.

“Work to make Assad a leader without an army,” (with Rafal Rohozinski),, September 17, 2012:

“Syria’s WMD Threat,” The National Interest, April 5, 2012:

“Securing the Best Achievable Outcome in Afghanistan,” (with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum),

Atlantic Perspectives, June, 2012.

“The Syrian Crisis,” webinar, (recorded 6/15/12).

“The Power of Jihadi Video,” published by the Institute for International Strategic Studies in its flagship publication, Survival (2010);

“U.S. must turn up the heat on Pakistan. Here’s how to make that work,” Christian Science Monitor, October 27, 2011:

“The Pitfalls of Negotiations in AfPak,” The National Interest, February 17, 2012 (co-authored with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum),

“Why India worries about Pakistan,” Can-India, February 3, 2012:

“Top 5 Questions voters should ask Presidential candidates about Pakistan,” The National Interest, November 8, 2011:

“Egyptians want Freedom, Not an Islamic Republic (with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum), Middle East Institute commentary, March 7, 2011:;

“Western Powers Must Divide Gadhafi From His Supporters,”, March 21, 2011:

“How can the President Campaign Work for U.S. In Pakistan?”, (with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum), Huffington Post, December 19, 2011.

“The Pakistan backlash and what we need to do next,” (with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum), McClatchy, December 2, 2011.

“Pakistan, National Security and 2012: It’s complicated,” Interview with Myra Moss Adams, PJ, November 20, 2011:

“PSYOP: A Tool for Administering Operational Shock in Cyber Space,” Perspectives (Journal of the Psychological Operations Association), Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2, (2012).

You Tube commentary: “Inside Pakistan’s New Crisis,”  “Inside Pakistan’s New Crisis,”

“Information Strategy and Effective National Power,” IO Journal, August, 2010;

“Focusing the Fight on Counter-Radicalisation: Why NATO Must Protect Its Own,” (Part I) and (Part II);

“Zardari, Tolerance, and Tasser’s Murder,” published in February 2011 by

“Egypt’s Brothers Rise,” co-authored with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, The National Interest, May-June, 2011.

In August 2011, he conducted an international web seminar for on the Arab Spring.

He is a regular contributor to



 A comic opera, The Fabulist, to be produced by Tony Award-winning producer Steven Levy and directed by Robert Chevara  will open at the Charing Cross Theatre in London’s West End in 2017 or early 2018.

A playwright, his screwball comedy, Legal Insanity is to open on a national UK tour during 2018. Mr. Levy will also produce.

He has written and is co-producing a screenplay, Counter-Intelligence: A Comedy. He is an experienced film director for television commercials and was among those selected for final consideration at the Sundance competition.

He has completed two novels, A Conspiracy of Princes and A Conspiracy of

Kings, and is completing a third, The Paris Deception.


Contact Information:

James Farwell, The Farwell Group, 6126 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70118; O:  504.899.1244;  C.  202.213.5815. F 504.324.0766