James S (Jay) Bynum, RADM USN (ret), Senior Fellow

JBynumJay is a native of Waco, Texas, and he served 36 years in the Navy retiring in 2021 as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development (OPNAV N7B). His other tours in the DC area included Director, Assessments for Navy (OPNAV N81); Deputy Director, White House Military Office; military legislative assistant and fellow on the staff of U.S. Sen. John S. McCain (R-AZ) and senior programmer/analyst for Navy & intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs while attached to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (DASD Readiness).

His sea commands included an FA-18 Super Hornet Squadron, an Aircraft Carrier Air Wing, and a Carrier Strike Group. Jay was also the 34th Chief of Naval Air Training.
Since retiring, RADM Bynum founded a consulting firm, where he provides insight and support to the leadership of several commercial companies.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Database Management from the University of Oklahoma and is a Georgetown University Capitol Hill Fellow. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. Jay has Service credentials in financial management and strategy, and received Executive Education from Harvard Kennedy School, Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, as well as the Naval Post Graduate School.