Dell L. Dailey

Dell L. Dailey is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and former head of the State Department's counterterrorism office, serving from July 2007 to April 2009.

Dell L. Dailey
Ambassador at Large Dell L. Dailey in September 2008
Coordinator for Counterterrorism
In office
June 22, 2007  April 3, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byHenry A. Crumpton
Succeeded byDaniel Benjamin
Personal details
BornFlandreau, South Dakota
Alma materShippensburg University (MPA)
United States Military Academy (BSc)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1971–2007
RankLieutenant General
CommandsCenter for Special Operations
Joint Special Operations Command
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
Battles/warsGulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Childhood and education

Dailey was born into an army family in Flandreau, South Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1971 and earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1994.[1]

Military career

Dailey served over 36 years on active duty in the United States Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant general. He participated in major military operations such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.[1]

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Dailey directed the new Center for Special Operations, the military hub for all counterterrorism – United States Special Operations Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida as well as running special operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.[2] From 2001 to 2003, he headed the Joint Special Operations Command, a United States Special Operations Command sub-unit.

State Department

Dailey was appointed the Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism on June 22, 2007. In this role he had the title of Ambassador at Large and was charged with coordinating and supporting the development and implementation of U.S. Government policies and programs aimed at countering terrorism overseas. As the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism matters, he was responsible for taking a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners to that end.[1]


  1. "Biography of Dell L. Dailey". US Department of State. Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  2. Robin Wright (August 24, 2007). "Dell Dailey: Soldier, Counterterrorism Warrior". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
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