Edmund Xavier Loughran
Colonel Edmund X. Loughran is a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he supports the Center by providing military expertise to its programs and initiatives. Prior to this assignment, he was the senior executive officer to the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. In this role, he integrated senior leader strategic decisionmaking across the staff and provided counsel on issues impacting readiness and employment of air, space, cyberspace, and special warfare combat forces.
Colonel Loughran was born in Walnut Creek, California and received his commission in 1998 from the Air Force Officer Training School after graduating from the University of Maryland. His early career included training as a navigator and an assignment as services officer before being selected to join Air Force special operations as a special tactics officer. He has since led special tactics formations as a flight commander, director of operations, twice as a squadron commander, and as a deputy group commander of both special operations aviation and ground combat forces through multiple operations and deployments across the globe. His qualifications include combat diver, static line jumpmaster, and military freefall parachutist.