Dr. Rodney L. Miller is a Senior Leader Executive and the Chief Scientist for Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale, Air Force Base, La. The command is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining all U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile and bomber forces. The command’s mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations. The command’s nine wings control the nation’s entire inventory of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Miller is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, maintaining, and preparing Air Force Global Strike Command’s activities in the area of the sciences and technology.
Dr. Miller began his career in 1990 as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. During his 24-year military career, he held numerous leadership positions in the space and nuclear acquisition and space operations communities at the squadron, group, center and Headquarters Air Force levels. He served in key engineering positions for both the Milstar and Space Based Infrared System in support of the United States Nuclear Command and Control System and was also responsible for the analytical laboratory system supporting U.S. nuclear treaty monitoring capabilities. While assigned to the Air Staff, Dr. Miller served as the Air Force action officer to the Interagency Nuclear Weapons Council where he developed Air Force nuclear weapon and counter proliferation initiatives.
He has served as the military assistant to the Air Force Chief Scientist where he was responsible for providing scientific advice to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. During his final active duty assignment, he led the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) program, where he delivered next generation protected SATCOM capabilities for the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and The Netherlands. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Operations Manager for Bechtel National Inc.’s Nuclear Security and Operations business line, supporting National Nuclear Security Administration operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Pantex, Plant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1989 Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
1993 Master of Science in nuclear engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1996 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2004 Master of Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air War College, by correspondence.
2008 Program Managers Course (PMT-401), Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2012 Air Force Senior Materiel Leader Course, Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Executive Program Managers Course (PMT-402), Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1. October 1990 - June 1992, System Survivability Engineer, Milstar Joint Program Office, space & Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB (LAAFB), Calif.
2. July 1992 - December 1993, Graduate Nuclear Engineering Student, Department of Engineering Physics, AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. January 1994 - June 1995, Space Systems Analyst, Office of Aerospace Studies, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. July 1995 - September 1998, Doctoral Student, Department of Engineering Physics, AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 5. October 1998 - July 2001, Chief, Laboratory & Research Management Branch, Materials Technology Directorate, AF Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
6. August 2001 - July 2003, Chief, Operations Branch, Nuclear Weapons & Counterproliferation Agency, Nuclear Weapons & Counterproliferation Operations Directorate, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Va.
7. August 2003 - May 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 2004 - June 2006, Operations Officer, 460th Operations Support Squadron, 460th Operations Group, 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo.
9. July 2006 - May 2007, Deputy Director, Engineering and Integration, Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Wing, Space & Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
10. June 2007 - May 2008, Executive Officer to the SMC Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
11. June 2008 - May 2010, Commander, Space Development Squadron, Space Development Group, Space Development and Test Wing, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
12. June 2010 - June 2011, Chief, Strategic Missile Programs, Air Force Program Executive Office for Strategic Systems, Headquarters Air Force, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
13. July 2011 - July 2012, Military Assistant to the Air Force Chief Scientist, Office of the Air Force Chief Scientist, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Va.
14. August 2012 - September 2014, Chief, Protected SATCOM Division, Milsatcom Systems Directorate, Space & Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. October 2014 - July 2015, Operations Manager for Nuclear Security and Operations, Bechtel Nuclear, Security, and Environmental, Inc., Reston, Va.
16. August 2015 - present, Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
2014 David Packard Award for Excellence in Acquisition Award (AEHF Team)
2012 John J. Welch, Jr. Award for Excellence in Acquisition Leadership (AEHF Team)
Program Management, Level III
System Planning, Research and Development, and Engineering, Level III
Acquisition Corps Member
Space Professional, Level III
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
American Nuclear Society
(Current as of December 2015)