Lieutenant Colonel James McCue is a senior US Air Force SkillBridge fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security in the Forward Defense program.

Prior to his current role, McCue was the division chief supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s liaison officers embedded within each combatant command headquarters. He completed a fellowship with the National Defense University, studying countering weapons of mass destruction, and with the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy, and Planning graduate program. His previous assignments include detachment command, nuclear security instructor pilot and training development, and deployments with operational and staff advisory roles.

McCue received his commission in 2003 after graduating from the US Air Force Academy. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with ten devices, two Joint medals, and the Combat Action Medal.