Lisa S. Disbrow is the Under Secretary of the Air Force. She is responsible for all Air Force Affairs on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, including organizing training and equipping the force. She serves as acting Secretary of the Air Force in the Secretary’s absence.
By law, Ms. Disbrow serves as the Chief Management officer of the Air Force, responsible for the efficient and effective management of Air Force resources and providing for the welfare for more than 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. As Under Secretary of the Air Force Ms. Disbrow oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $120 billion dollars and serves as the co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council. She represents the Air Force as a member of the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s Defense Management Advisory Group.
Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Disbrow was the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, where she served as the principal advisor to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all financial matters. She was responsible for providing the financial management and analytical services necessary for the effective and efficient use of Air Force resources. In this role she directed the development and execution of the Air Force budget and the Program Objective Memorandum, oversaw the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency's acquisition, operational cost analyses and critical Air Force accounting and financial operations.
Previous to joining the Secretariat of the Air Force, Ms. Disbrow was the Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment on the Joint Staff. She was responsible for developing future warfighting capabilities; conducting joint force structure and warfighting studies; and evaluating Department of Defense plans, programs, and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, she supported the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his role as Chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Disbrow was detailed to the President’s National Security Adviser as the Special Adviser for Policy Implementation and Execution.
Ms. Disbrow is a retired Air Force Reserve Colonel, with experience as an intelligence analyst, Middle East specialist, campaign planner, and programmer. Following active duty, Ms. Disbrow served in the National Reconnaissance Office as a Senior Systems Engineer.
Ms. Disbrow was confirmed by the Senate as the 25th Under Secretary of the Air Force on Jan. 20, 2016.
1984 Bachelor of Arts, Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1990 Master of Arts, International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2002 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington, D.C.
1. 1985 - 1992, Active duty Air Force Officer, Directorate of Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
2. 1993 - 1995, Senior Engineer, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C.
3. 1995 - 1997, Operations Analyst, Joint Staff/J-8, Washington, D.C.
4. 1997 - 2003, Deputy Chief, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division, Joint Staff/J-8, Washington, D.C.
5. 2003 - 2006, Deputy Director for Force Management, Joint Staff/J-8, Washington, D.C.
6. 2006 - 2007, Special Advisor for Policy, Implementation and Execution, National Security Council, the White House
7. 2007 - 2009, Principal Deputy Director, Force Management, Joint Staff/J-8, Washington, D.C.
8. 2009 - 2014, Vice Director, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, J-8, Washington, D.C.
9. 2014 - 2016, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
10. 2016 – present, Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
1996–1997, Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award
2000–2001, Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2006 Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2008 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
2010 Competitive DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award
2013 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award
2014 Lieutenant General Glenn A. Kent Leadership Award
2014 CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award
(Current as of February 2016)