James Durand


James Durand

Business Technologies Operating Division Manager


200 12th Street South
Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202

James Durand

Mr. Durand serves as the Operating Division Manager for ACT I’s Business Technologies Operating Division. In this capacity, he oversees programs supporting the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, the Defense Health Agency, and the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. He also manages ACT I’s participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program.

Mr. Durand served a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, specializing in intelligence and cryptology. He completed five assignments in the Republic of Korea and Japan; serving in tactical and strategic intelligence billets in Northeast Asia, including assignments at the 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Special U.S. Liaison Advisor Korea, and the Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea. Mr. Durand’s military education includes graduating from the 31st Marine Corps Course at the Republic of Korea Naval War College and the 52nd Regular Course at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies.

Following retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Durand served as an Executive Director for Corporate Security and Investigations at Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Company (Morgan Stanley Mitsubishi-UFJ Securities Company). His responsibilities included client identification and reputational Due Diligence across all business lines. He advised on anti-money laundering, client identification, and Due Diligence policies and practices in the joint venture between Morgan Stanley Japan Securities and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. He led efforts in restoration, recovery, and business continuity following the March 11, 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster. Mr. Durand also supported the implementation of the Federal Reserve’s guidelines for cybersecurity and supply chain risk management.

Mr. Durand earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and M.A. degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.