James Finlayson, Ph.D.  Air Force Intelligence Officer/Attorney

James Finlayson, Ph.D.

Air Force Intelligence Officer/Attorney

  • Ph.D., Organizational Development and Leadership
  • J.D., William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Master of Military Operational Art & Science
  • M.B.A.
  • B.S., History

James Finlayson is an active duty US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.  He currently serves as the Commander, Regional Threats Analysis Squadron, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which provides all-source integrated predictive assessments on campaign-level intent, capabilities and vulnerabilities fused across the air, space, and information domains for prioritized regional threats.  He teaches courses in intelligence analysis, among other topics.

Prior to serving in his current position, he served as the Deputy Division Chief, Targeting, Directorate for Intelligence, on the Pentagon Joint Staff where he oversaw targeting policy, doctrine and training for the DoD targeting enterprise.  While on the Joint Staff, he previously served as the Division Chief for Intelligence Sharing where, leveraging his law degree, he drafted and advocated on behalf of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for the widest intelligence sharing policies to enable Combatant Commanders to leverage their warfighting capabilities across the full spectrum of military operations.  He served in senior analytical positions at US Central Command and US Southern Command.  Dr. Finlayson has also served in various intelligence positions at the flight, squadron, group, wing, Combatant Command, and joint levels.  He has also forward deployed on five occasions in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Air Force, Intelligence Officer (1997-Present)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Ph.D., Organizational Development and Leadership, University of the Rockies, 2016
  • J.D., William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2008
  • Master of Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command and Staff College, 2010
  • M.B.A, Troy University, 2000
  • B.S., History, United States Air Force Academy, 1997

Scholarly Activity

  • Ph.D. Dissertation:  Best Practices for Diversifying Senior Management Positions; http://search.proquest.com/docview/1775525050