Maj. Gen. Jay G. Santee is Deputy Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The DTRA mission is to safeguard the U.S. and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) and high yield explosives by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. The agency is the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for the combating WMD (CWMD) mission and develops improved CWMD capabilities for the warfighter. DTRA and the SCC-WMD provide CWMD expertise, support, and products at strategic (global and national), operational (theater and regional), and tactical (battlefield) levels to prevent the proliferation of WMD, deter and defeat WMD use, and reduce the effects of WMD that may be used against us.
General Santee entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served on the Pentagon staffs of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) and the Department of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). The general has also served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy in the Pentagon; Vice Commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Forces Strategic; and as an operations division chief in U.S. Space Command. His commands include a space warning squadron, space operations group and a space wing. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was Director of the 14th Air Force Air and Space Operations Center where he planned, tasked and directed joint space forces in support of worldwide military operations. In 2004, he served as the Director of Space Forces at the 1st Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida, throughout relief and recovery operations resulting from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has more than 1,800 flying hours in the F-111 and EF-111, including more than 120 combat hours during Operation Desert Storm.
1981 Distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1987 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1989 Master of Business Administration, Golden Gate University, Calif.
1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Distinguished graduate, National War College, Ft. McNair, D.C.
2006 Executive Leadership Course, Pennsylvania State University
2008 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University
2010 Executive Leadership Seminar, University of Virginia, Va.
2012 Mid-East Asia Political-Economic Conflict Seminar, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
2012 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. March 1983 - August 1987, instructor weapons systems officer, and Chief, Electronic Warfare Branch, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England
2. August 1987 - July 1991, electronic warfare officer, instructor electronic warfare officer, flight commander, and standardization, flight evaluation officer, and flight commander 390th Electronic Combat Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Ida.
3. July 1991 - July 1992, Flight Test Director, 2874th Test Squadron, McClellan AFB, Calif.
4. July 1992 - June 1993, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. June 1993 - May 1997, Program Element Monitor and Air Force liaison to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Washington, D.C.
6. May 1997 - July 1998, Commander, 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Station, Alaska
7. July 1998 - June 1999, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
8. June 1999 - June 2002, Division Chief, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
9. July 2002 - July 2004, Commander, 614th Space Operations Group, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
10. August 2004 - June 2007, Vice Commander and Commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. July 2007 - January 2009, Vice Commander, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
12. January 2009 - September 2012, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space Policy); Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Global Strategic Affairs); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. September 2012 – present, Deputy Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1999 - June 2002, Division Chief, Operations (J3), U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. January 2009 - September 2012, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space Policy) the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general and major general
3. September 2011 – present, Deputy Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, Va., as a major general
BADGES AND FLIGHT INFORMATION
Command Space Badge
Rating: Master navigator
Hours: More than 1,800
Aircraft flown: F-111A/C/D/E/F/G and EF-111A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit Medal with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
French Legion of Honor Medal
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant May 27, 1983
Captain May 27, 1985
Major May 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 1997
Colonel April 1, 2000
Brigadier General November 2, 2007
Major General July 8, 2011
(Current as of July 2014)