Lt Col Steven Skipper
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Skipper, representing the US Air Force, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2020–21 at the Hoover Institution.
Lieutenant Colonel Skipper leads force development and career management activities for all non-rated Air Force officers and enlisted personnel.
Prior to this assignment, he commanded the 5th Communications Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, supporting B-52 bomber and intercontinental ballistic missions. Lieutenant Colonel Skipper’s second command tour consisted of leading the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Combined Task Force Horn of Africa. His staff experiences include an Air Staff tour at the Pentagon and a Pacific Air Forces assignment, where he deployed to Japan to support post-tsunami relief activities. As a career broadening opportunity, Lieutenant Colonel Skipper served as an Air Force One mission director for President George Bush and President Barack Obama.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
As a fellow at Hoover, his research will focus on cyberspace security and national defense.