James B. Combs

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
James Bradley Combs faculty photo


Lt. Col. James “Stitch” Combs is a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S. in biology, a 2008 graduate from the Meinders School of Business with an MBA, and a 2016 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. He is a master air battle manager and served his staff assignment as the chief of strategy plans, 603d Air Operations Center, Ramstein, Germany. He served as the director of operations and commander of the 8th Weapons Sq, USAF Weapons School, specializing in command and control and electronic warfare. Most recently, he attended the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, graduating with an M.S. in national resource strategy.

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Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Aerospace
  • Air Defense
  • Command and Control
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Europe
  • Military Planning
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Graduate, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Ft. McNair, D.C.

Graduated in 2022 with an M.S. in National Resource Strategy with a concentration in EUCOM, NATO, and Transatlantic Alliances and focused study on the U.S. Missile Defense industry.

Commander, 8th Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV

Took command following a year as director of operations. Led a hand-selected cadre of weapons school graduates specializing in command and control and electronic warfare.

Chief of Strategy Plans, 603d Air Operations Center, Ramstein AB, Germany

Strategy Plans Team Chief, USAFE/AFAFRICA

Chief of Integration, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV


Director of Staff, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV


Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 552 Training Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK


M.S., Eisenhower School, 2022, National Resource Strategy

M.B.A., Meinders School of Business, 2008, Business Administration

B.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2003, Biology

A.S., University of New Mexico at Alamogordo, 1998, Medical Laboratory Technology

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