JAMES G. ZUMWALT II joins the SNVC Board with more than 40 years of broad-reaching experience. A distinguished veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he retired from the service as a Lt. Colonel. He received eighteen military decorations for service in the Vietnam conflict, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, and peacetime service. His time in uniform and his family heritage continue to inspire Mr. Zumwalt to maintain an interest in the conduct of foreign policy and defense issues and in supporting various veteran-related issues, which has resulted in his being asked to testify before Congress on several occasions.

He is a prolific freelance writer with a special emphasis on these issues and human-interest stories.  His articles have been featured in USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The San Diego Union, The Chicago Tribune, The Indianapolis Star, The Oregonian, Stars & Stripes, Navy Times, The Virginian Pilot, News & Observer, Defense News, Japan Times, Asia Times and magazines such as PARADE, Naval Institute Proceedings, and many others.

In April 2010, he published his first book, “Bare Feet, Iron Will—Stories From the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields,” based on interviews he conducted with almost 200 Vietnamese veterans.  It is a book that examines the Vietnam war from the enemy's perspective. He is also a contributor to “Leadership In Action—Principles Forged in the Crucible of Military Service Can Lead Corporate America Back to the Top,” a book by Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, published in November 2010.  Additionally, Mr. Zumwalt is one of 56 military professionals featured 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.   

Mr. Zumwalt's civilian career is quite diverse. It includes the practice of law, international consultation regarding investment opportunities in overseas markets, assistance in building the world's largest international aviation security firm and the provision of security-related consulting services. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed him as Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, in which capacity he used his expertise to work with Third World militaries in implementing security programs structured to ensure a respect for individual human rights.

Today, Mr. Zumwalt is President of Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc., in Herndon, VA. He serves on the Board of Advisors of The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University, the Thurman-Zumwalt Foundation at North Carolina State University, andthe Global Markets Consulting Group (GMCG).  He is a member of the prestigious Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), headed by 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 seeking to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it.  He provides pro bono consulting services to the Mesothelioma Advanced Research Foundation and The Navy Memorial Foundation and donates time and resources to teaching a high school curriculum focusing on lessons learned from the Vietnam war and on understanding terrorism’s global threat today.