Colonel Eric Shafa, USAF

Colonel Eric Shafa, USAF

Air Force Chair, Eisenhower School, NDU

Colonel Eric Shafa is the U.S. Air Force Chair and Assistant Professor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. He is an instructor in National Security and Industrial Base studies and the lead for the Electronic Warfare/Electromagnetic Spectrum Industry Study. As the Air Force Service Chair, he provides guidance and oversight for all Air Force students and faculty at the Eisenhower School.

Colonel Shafa received his commission through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at San Jose State University after receiving a BS degree and entered active duty in May 1994. He earned a MA in International Affairs from Salve Regina University and two MS degrees from the military. He has attended Air Command and Staff College, US Army War College, as well as executive leadership programs at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level to include a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan. Additionally, he served as an Afghanistan Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand.

Colonel Shafa also served on headquarters staff at Air Force Special Operations Command operations directorate, U.S. Central Command as deputy foreign political advisor (POLAD) and J3 executive officer, and Headquarters Air Force working policy for air traffic control/airfield operations, airspace, basing, and unmanned aircraft systems. Colonel Shafa has several deployments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, to include combat tours in direct support of conventional and special operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as multiple joint/coalition/interagency activities involving unmanned platforms, ground and airborne aircrew duty in fixed and rotary wing aircraft focused on multi-sensor C2 & EW, joint fires, and air-to-ground deconfliction. Among his other decorations, Colonel Shafa was awarded both the Afghan Bravery Medal and the French National Defense Medal. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Speaking: October 30 - Readiness in the EMS