Lieutenant Colonel James Zumwalt is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the 1989 intervention into Panama and Desert Storm. An internationally acclaimed best-selling author, speaker and business executive, he also currently heads a security consulting firm named after his father—Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc.

He writes extensively on foreign policy and defense issues, having written hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Diego Union, Parade magazine and others.  His articles have covered issues of major importance, oftentimes providing readers with unique perspectives that have never appeared elsewhere.  This has resulted, on several occasions, in his work being cited by members of Congress and entered into the US Congressional Record.

His thoughtful perspectives earned him an invitation to join the prestigious Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), of which the honorary co-chairmen are Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Jon Kyl, former Secretary of State George P. Schultz and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey.  The CPD is a non-partisan organization with one goal—to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it.

Colonel Zumwalt is featured as one of 56 US military professionals in LEADING THE WAY, a book by best-selling author Al Santoli, which documents the most critical moments of the interviewees’ combat experiences from Vietnam to Somalia.

He has also been cited in numerous other books and publications for unique insights based on his research on the Vietnam war, North Korea (a country he has visited ten times and about which he is able to share some very telling observations) and Desert Storm.

Colonel Zumwalt received a presidential appointment to be the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, in which capacity he served from 1991-1992.

Because of his expertise, he also was asked to participate in a very unique educational project conducted at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he voluntarily contributes time and resources to educating students on issues of international importance.

Author of Bare Feet, Iron Will ~ Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s BattlefieldsLiving the Juche Lie | North Korea’s Kim Dynasty and DOOMSDAY: Iran – The Clock is Ticking.

Contributor to Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic’s books: Leadership In Action | Principles Forged in the Crucible of Military Service Can Lead Corporate America Back to the Top and Profiles in Patriotic Leadership.

Jim Zumwalt is now a regular speaker and contributing journalist at Happenings Q&A Radio and Happenings Magazine.


James Zumwalt sits on the boards of, participates in or supports the following organizations:

Member of the “Ad Hoc Committee to Memorialize CDR John ‘Jack’ Graf USN (KIA) and to Honor the Naval Intelligence Field Organization Vietnam (NavIntFOV)”. 

Our focus:  

“It is our hope that the dedication and sacrifice of the intelligence officers killed and wounded in action will be memorialized and that their colleagues who served in direct support of the naval operating forces will be honored by this exposition of what they did in serving the Navy and our Nation.”

While serving in the capacity of an intelligence officer, CDR Graf became the only military man–officer or enlisted–to be shot down twice, captured by the enemy in South Vietnam, and killed while trying to escape.

Special Advisor, The Thurman-Zumwalt Foundation (TZF)

TZF was incorporated as a charitable and scientific organization in May, 2001 and subsequently given IRS Code section 501(c)(3) status; it supports biomedical research into infectious and toxic agents with a view toward:

  • protecting those exposed to risk by serving in unfamiliar environments, e.g. members of the military, the Red Cross, the Peace Corps and other aid agencies
  • addressing concerns of those previously exposed to harmful agents, e.g. veterans
  • providing independent and impartial evidence about such risks
  • training associated researchers and health support personnel

Board of Advisors, The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University

The Vietnam Center was established by the Board of Regents in 1989, as a unit of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Its principal functions are to encourage the continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience, and to guide and assist in the development and growth of The Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University.

The Center is guided locally by The Vietnam Center Advisory Board, a board comprised of local Vietnam veterans ranging in former rank from sergeant to lieutenant general, and of key members of the university’s faculty and staff.

The mission of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: collection and preservation of pertinent source material; education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of scholarly research through exchanges, publishing of noteworthy research, symposia, and financial support.

National Council:

In addition to the local advisory board, a National Council provides general guidance and support to the project. The Council is currently comprised of Ambassador Bui Diem (former South Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States); Major General Kenneth Bowra, USA (Ret); Colonel Roger H. C. Donlon, USA (Ret and first recipient of Medal of Honor in Vietnam); Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret); Dr. Charles E. Neu, Professor Emeritus, Brown University; Dr. Larry Berman, Professor, UC Davis; and Dr. Keith Taylor, Professor, Cornell University.

Former members of the National Council include Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. (former Chairman), Ambassador Douglas “Pete” Peterson (former Chairman), General William C. Westmoreland, Ambassador William E. Colby, Professor Douglas Pike, and the Hon. William P. Bundy.


Lieutentant Colonel Zumwalt actively donates his time and resources to participate in a very innovative history program, offered by Mrs. Lindy Poling at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC.  Mrs. Poling has received numerous state and national awards for delivering her Lessons of Vietnam/International Relations class, focusing on Vietnam war related issues and expanded more recently to include foreign policy and defense issues of the 21st century.  Colonel Zumwalt links with students during their course of study to answer questions they may have and later addresses them, as one of many speakers, to share insights with the class as a whole about the Vietnam war and the current challenges facing the US.  He provides editorial guidance and support to those student volunteers who write and publish a quarterly newsletter, known as BRIDGES, related to their course of instruction. (in honor of Mrs. Mouza Zumwalt)

Board of Directors, In Memory Memorial, Inc.

The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial In Memory Plaque

Along with others who lost family members from their service in the Vietnam war—dying of war related causes but after the conflict had ended—Colonel Zumwalt testified before Congress in an effort to change US law to allow such veterans to be recognized.  Having lost a brother who served honorably in Vietnam, returned home and later died of Agent Orange-related cancers from his service, Colonel Zumwalt understood the void left for our unrecognized heroes.  Congress agreed such recognition was warranted and, in April 2000, so authorized placement of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commemorative Plaque, also known as the In Memory Plaque, to be added to the three-acre Memorial site on the National Mall. The Plaque is intended to honor those Vietnam veterans who died after service in Vietnam, as a direct result of that service, and whose names are not eligible for placement on the Memorial because of Department of Defense policies.

The 24-inches tall by 36-inches wide plaque is a simple granite stone placed within the northeast corner of the Three Servicemen Statue Plaza. It was dedicated on November 10, 2004.


The inscription reads: “In memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”

SAORE Foundation (Seawolves Agent Orange Relief Effort Foundation)

The Seawolves were a dedicated Navy air unit committed directly to the Gamewarden task force. The mission of the unit was to provide a relatively stable source of air support for Naval Units operating in the Delta Region of Viet Nam. Navy Crews and maintenance personnel would assure helicopter availability. HA(L)-3 was the Seawolf Unit Designation; it was the most unique squadron in the history of US Naval Aviation.  Those who served with the Seawolves were also considered unique and extraordinary.  Under the operational control of Commander Task Force (CTF) 116, the Seawolf Helicopter gunships supported PBR operations with fire support, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation services. The unit was often called upon to assist TF-115, as well as US Army and Vietnamese Navy and Army units operating in the Delta. A small group of former Seawolves banded together to go forward as a unified brotherhood seeking to sustain each other and help “Others impacted by the Events that joined us together, as a coherent unit.”  Their desire is to help, sustain, and support each other, while seeking to improve life for others.  They seek to serve as a model of America’s Dedication to Peace.

Viet Duc Hospital Cardiac Project:

The late Captain Jerry Wages, U.S. Navy (Ret.), a family friend, raised funds for this center.  The SAORE Foundation upgraded the cardiac unit of this large trauma and surgical hospital situated in the heart of Hanoi, with a suite of critically needed operating room equipment. To show its appreciation for this equipment, Viet Duc University Hospital committed to the SAORE Foundation to name the upgraded facility after the late Ltjg Elmo R. Zumwalt III, who commanded a Swift Boat on the waterways during the Vietnam War.  The elder son of Admiral E. R. Zumwalt, Jr. who commanded the US Naval Forces in Vietnam during the war, the compelling story of their loving relationship and the tragedy of the son’s death as a consequence of orders given by his father is told in   “My Father, My Son” (Macmillan publishing Co., 1986).

Chairman, the Project

Board of Directors, SNVC

Director Emeritus, The Aurora Foundation: The Aurora Foundation has been created to help returning veterans transition from “boots to books to briefcase.”  The foundation works with colleges and universities to provide programs that help veterans successfully transition to the campus life and ultimately graduate.  During this return to campus life, the foundation also helps veterans obtain internships with its corporate business partners to assist them with the successful transition to a career.

Board of Senior Advisors, Global Markets Consulting Group (GMCG): A woman-owned small business with headquarters in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia was formed in 2008 as a full-service international consultancy. Its principals have 60-years of combined experience in strategic communications, marketing, international deal-making, strategic planning, business development, conference facilitation, trade mission planning and international political, economic and commercial analysis, especially in the developing world. GMCG’s specific geographic foci are Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. The company also has significant experience in the economies of Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Western Pacific. GMCG enjoys extensive relationships with political decision-makers and major government contractors and institutional investors in the United States and various world capitals. Currently, Global Markets Consulting Group is working behind-the-scenes with a group of US companies that collectively account for a significant percentage of US private-sector investment in Africa.

Articles by Anthony A. Das, President of GMCG

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