Colonel James H. Dailey is a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He previously served as the deputy commander, 2d Operations Group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, where he was responsible for the United States Air Force’s largest bomber group, including over 560 personnel and a $150 million budget, executing worldwide nuclear and conventional operations.
Colonel Dailey also served as commander, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron (EOSS) assigned to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. He commanded a diverse squadron comprised of 400 rotational total force airmen and seven flights: airfield operations, wing intelligence, aircrew flight equipment, wing weapons and tactics, weather, current operations, and Operation Silent Sentry. The 379 EOSS enables close air support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; airspace command and control; air refueling; intra-theater airlift; aeromedical evacuation; distinguished visitor airlift; and defensive space control throughout United States Central Command area of responsibility. In addition, he 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. Colonel Dailey is an outstanding graduate from the USAF Weapons School and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He is a master navigator with over 3,000 flying hours in the B-52 aircraft, including combat missions over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.