19 Oct James Adams
James was trained as a reporter in England where he graduated first in the country. He had a long career at the London Sunday Times where he became Managing Editor. He was the CEO of United Press International and was then the founder, Chairman and CEO of iDEFENSE, a cyber-intelligence organization…
with clients in the intelligence community, the government and Fortune 100 companies. The business was sold to Verisign in 2004 for $40m. He is a former member of the National Security Agency’s Advisory Board and the founding Chairman of the Technology Advisory Panel of the Signals Intelligence Directorate at NSA. At NSA, he was responsible for setting a new strategic direction for the 15,000 person Signals Intelligence Directorate to address the current and future very challenging high technology environment. He was the first recipient of the NSA’s Special Recognition Award for his “outstanding contributions” to the Agency. He is President of Hermes Group, an intelligence organization for the 21st century serving nation and market states and currently sits on the Board of 44Doors a mobile marketing solutions company. He is the author of 13 bestselling fiction and non-fiction books with an emphasis on warfare and intelligence. His most recent book, The Next World War, a study of information warfare, is published by Simon and Schuster. His other books include The Financing of Terror, Secret Armies, New Spies and two biographies, Sellout, the story of CIA spy Aldrich Ames and Bull’s Eye, the story of Iraqi supergun maker Gerry Bull. He is the author of the screenplay for Spycraft a videogame published by Activision. His written work has appeared all over the world in publications ranging from The New York Times to Asahi Shimbun. He is the narrator of around 175 audiobooks, both fiction and non-fiction. He is an enthusiastic rower and fly fisherman and lives with his wife and two daughters in Ashland, Oregon.