James Boone Borders

Lieutenant Colonel and Chief, International Affairs and Defense Policy
United States Air Force

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

– Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (provides leadership, management, training to ensure vital national defense missions are met).

– 23 year intelligence officer (managing and participating in the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of national security intelligence to support warfighters, decision-makers, and policy makers)

– Assistant Professor, USAFA (directing courses in Intelligence Studies, International Relations Theory, American Government, and Grand Strategy)

– Chief, International Affairs and Defense Policy (oversee the development and instruction of a dozen upper-level courses in the Dept of Political Science).

  • PhD, The University of Georgia 2011 Political Science & International Affairs
  • MS, Joint Military Intelligence College 1999 Strategic Intelligence
  • BA, Penn State University 1992 History, Minor: Political Science
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Rock Climbing & Rappelling
  • Bible Study
  • Soccer
  • Music
Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?
  • Being able to provide some personal expertise from the intelligence field in Professor Loch Johnson’s intelligence and foreign policy classes.
  • Discussing Grand Strategy with my cohort in Dr Tessman’s evening grand strategy seminar.
My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Talk to your faculty, learn their histories and their research areas so that you can use them to help to shape your goals.
  2. Keep your eyes on your goals, it’s easy to become distracted, but if you focus your efforts on your goals the synergy of different courses will amaze you.
  3. Don’t just improve your mind, but your physical and spiritual fitness as well.
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards
  • Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack 94 (since 2011)
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 194 (since 2014)
  • Awana Commander, Faith Evangelical Free Church, Colo Springs (since 2012)
  • Soccer Coach, Tri-Lakes YMCA (since 2012) and Athletic Assoc. of the Black Forest (since 2012)
  • Elder Chairman, Faith Evangelical Free Church (2012 -2014)
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway
  • Favorite Hangout: Comer Baptist Church
  • Favorite Getaway: Backpacking and hiking in the North Georgia mountains
Recent Honors / Awards
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience

My three years in SPIA was a eye-opening experience which drew me into the many facets of both international relations and American government.