Lt Col Steven Skipper

National Security Affairs Fellow
Biography: 

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.

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Analysis and Commentary

How The DoD Can Win The Great Tech Race With A New Workforce Model

by Lt Col Steven Skippervia C4ISRNET
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Despite innovative initiatives to redesign DoD’s future technology and cyber workforce, the preponderance of its military and civilian personnel structure remains steady, consistent and predictable — all representing a value-based model. 

Analysis and Commentary

‘Accelerate Change Or Lose’: Applying Gen. Brown’s Action Orders To Cyberspace Education And Training

by Lt Col Steven Skippervia C4ISRNET
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Following the SolarWinds intrusion, a growing symphony of cyberspace and intelligence agencies continue to earnestly scour their networks, carefully examining cascading effects associated with the world’s largest cyberattack. Unbeknownst to many, a similar and equally devastating SolarWinds-like problem quietly persists throughout the Air Force. 

Analysis and Commentary

Division In America: A Call For Calmness And Unity

by Lt Col Steven Skippervia The Washington Times
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

It's not too late for the U.S. to navigate through this perilous moment and once again shine as a beacon of hope