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James has extensive expertise in matters of homeland security and federal legislative
policy. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Michael Chertoff. In this role, he advocated for and advanced President George W. Bush’s homeland security policies and initiatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More


James is a noted expert on matters of cyber security. He is a regularly published author on the subject, and speaks at conferences around the the country. In addition to his extensive professional experience dealing with cyber security issues in the private na dpublic sector, James teaches graduate level courses on cyber security policy as an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Kreieger School of Arts and Sciences. He frequently comments in the media on cyber, homeland security, and legislation, with opinion pieces appearing in various publications. Read More


James Norton has a strong understanding of the defense acquisition process, from policies at OSD down to requirements at the operational level. He has worked with all branches of the Department of Defense, and their legislative liaisons. James also understands the business to business relationships and has a record of success in fostering partnerships among prime and sub contractors, and optimizing supply chains. Read More


James understands that procurement is a unique process. Each agency and sub agency has its own culture and buying practices. Play-Action will guide you through the entire process, from identifying RFPs, all the way to award, and every step along the way. The firm has a proven record of winning contracts for all sizes of clients. Read More


James Norton is an expert on the people and the processes that drive federal appropriations. James understands budgetary issues within the Services, different Agencies, OMB, and the White House. This institutional knowledge and relational network provides the client with forward thinking insights, putting the client in a position to win. Read More