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Dell Dailey

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Person.png Dell Dailey   NNDBRdf-icon.png
(soldier, spook)
Dell L. Dailey.jpg

Employment.png US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
June 22, 2007 - April 2009

Dell Dailey is a former US Coordinator for Counterterrorism.


After the 9-11 attacks, Dailey he directed the new Center for Special Operations, the military hub for all "counterterrorism" - U.S. Special Operations Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida as well as running special operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.[1] From 2001 to 2003, he headed the Joint Special Operations Command, a United States Special Operations Command sub-unit responsible for the US military's tier-one special operations units such Delta Force, Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the Intelligence Support Activity.[1] Dailey was both praised and criticized for his leadership during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Although his planning helped the US effectively insert its Special Operations units into the country, Dailey faced criticism for not deploying more troops in the unsuccessful hunt to capture Osama bin Laden.[2]


  1. a b Robin Wright (August 24, 2007). "Dell Dailey: Soldier, Counterterrorism Warrior". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-16.

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  2. "Dailey, Dell; Previous Coordinator". Retrieved 2012-07-17.

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