James Birungi, is a Major General in the Uganda People's Defence Air Force (UPDAF). Since June 2019, he has been the commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC), a specialized command unit of the UPDF, that is responsible for the security of the President of Uganda, his immediate family, the constitutional monarchs and vital national installations, including the country's oil fields. He replaced Major General Don William Nabasa, who left Uganda to attend a course at the National Defence College in China.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief of Staff of the Uganda People's Defence Air Force. He received promotion from Brigadier to Major General, in February 2019, when a total of over 2,000 men and women of the UPDF received promotions.