Ms. Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz is the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems; Chief Information Officer; and Director of the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Enterprise Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
As the Director of C4 Systems and CIO, her directorate provides globally-integrated C4 capabilities for USSTRATCOM execution of full-spectrum operations for global strike, space, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and cyberspace operations. She manages more than $20 billion of on-orbit communications assets and implements Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff communications and information policies across the Command. She ensures Clinger-Cohen Act compliance and develops, coordinates and implements the USSTRATCOM enterprise information environment, which includes information resource management, capital planning, business process improvements, portfolio management and information technology governance.
As the NC3 Enterprise Center Director, she oversees and manages NC3 operations, maintaining enterprise-wide visibility, assessing comprehensive operational and technical risk and—with NC3 stakeholders’ participation—develops and advocates future capabilities, risk management options and prioritization recommendations.
Ms. Durham-Ruiz was commissioned into the U. S. Air Force in 1982 following her graduation from the U. S. Air Force Academy and served on active duty until 2007. She has extensive experience in command, control, communications and cyber systems supporting presidential, strategic, tactical, satellite commanding and integrated tactical warning/attack assessment missions; satellite communications; enterprise information technology systems; cloud computing and data management.
After retiring from active duty as a colonel, Ms. Durham-Ruiz held a variety of positions at USSTRATCOM as a senior civilian, including mission analysis, outreach and innovation division chief and senior analytic advisor to the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems. She led many cross-functional teams to analyze and develop pioneering solutions to technical, complex problems, such as the nation’s most comprehensive study on the health of the nuclear command, control and communications enterprise that informed the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review. She also led the Department of Defense analysis of satellite communications restoral in a degraded environment, which served as a catalyst to fix long overdue military and commercial satellite communications procedural, policy, strategy and acquisition shortfalls.
1982 Bachelor of Science, U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Master of Science, Systems Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.
1995 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, U. S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2013 Executive Master of Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha
CIVILIAN CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 2007 – 2011, Chief, Mission Analysis and Outreach/Innovation Division, Mission Assessment and Analysis
Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
2. 2011 - 2016, Senior Analytic Advisor to the Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
3. 2016 - 2018, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
4. 2018 – present, Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems, Director, Nuclear Command, Control, Communications Enterprise Center, and Chief Information Officer, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
1. 1982 – 1983, Student, Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
2. 1983 – 1986, Chief of Deployment Planning; Chief of Technical Control; Chief of Plans, 2nd Combat Communications Group, Patrick AFB, Fla.
3. 1986 – 1990, Chief of Systems, Chief of Maintenance, and Chief of Technical Control, 1879th Communications Squadron, Falcon (Schriever) AFB, Colo.
4. 1990 - 1992, Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Integration and Engineering Officer; Directorate Executive Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5. 1992 – 1994, Chief, Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment and Aerospace Defense Requirements, Arlington, Va.
6. 1994 - 1995, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. 1995 - 1998, Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications Action Officer, Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.
8. 1998 - 2000, Commander, 755th Communications Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
9. 2000 - 2002, Chief, Policy, Plans, Architecture, Requirements, and Military Satellite Communications, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
10. 2002 - 2003, Student, United States Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
11. 2003 - 2007, Deputy Director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center; Vice Director, Capability and Resource Integration Directorate; Chief, Space and Global Strike Mission Capability Team; Chief, Global Command, Control, Communications and Computer Division, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2005 - June 2007, Chief, Northeast Asia Division, Deputy Directorate for Political-Military Affairs-Asia
(J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. April 2009 - June 2010, special assistant to the Director, General and Flag Officer Matters, Joint Staff, the
Pentagon, Arlington, Va. as a colonel
MAJOR CIVILIAN AWARDS
April 2009 Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award
November 2016 Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
May 2017 Distinguished Alumnus, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska, Omaha
MAJOR MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
(Current as of April 2019)