James Breckenridge, chair of the Mercyhurst College Department of Intelligence Studies and Dean of the Walker School of Business, has been named an Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. FDD is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to educate Americans about the terrorist threat to democracies worldwide.
As an FDD Fellow, Breckenridge will participate in a unique educational program that focuses on the threat of terrorism to democracy. The program takes place in Israel June 11-22 and consists of an intensive series of lectures by academics, diplomats, and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the U.S. as well as field trips to military, police and immigration facilities throughout Israel. The goal is to educate participants about terrorism and how democratic states combat the threat.
Breckenridge is the brainchild of Mercyhurst’s Global Intelligence Forum, an international assembly of leading intelligence practitioners from many disciplines, including national security, law enforcement, business, technology and education, dedicated to capturing best practices and producing innovative strategies for addressing the world’s intelligence challenges. The second annual forum takes place July 11-13 in Dungarvan, IE.
He served in the United States Army for 22 years in a variety of intelligence and operations assignments, including nine years of overseas duty in Europe and the Middle East. During his military career, he taught Middle Eastern History and served as the course director for the World History Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Breckenridge graduated from Virginia Tech and received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern and European History from the University of Virginia, and aMBA from Gannon University.