James Dailey is a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Lieutenant Colonel Dailey is a master navigator with over 3,000 flying hours in the venerable B-52 and throughout his career, has been responsible for worldwide execution of nuclear and conventional operations. Lieutenant Colonel Dailey was previously assigned as the deputy commander, 2d Operations Group, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, where he oversaw the United States Air Force’s (USAF) largest bomber group comprised of over 560 personnel and a $150 million budget. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, a diverse squadron comprised of 400 rotational total force airmen assigned to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
In addition, Lieutenant Colonel Dailey has held numerous staff and flying assignments, including chief, strategic policy integration, Headquarters Air Force, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration; chief, Commander’s Action Group and executive officer to the A10 deputy chief of staff; chief, Regional Air Operations Control Center, Bagram, Afghanistan; and 5th Bomb Wing executive officer. He is also an outstanding graduate from the USAF Weapons School and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he earned an M.A. in military strategy.