Gene Habiger, Gen., USAF (Ret), Vice President

General Eugene E. Habiger, USAF, Ret. has more than 35 years of experience in national security and nuclear operations. In his previous assignment as the Commander in Chief of United States Strategic Command, he was responsible for all U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy strategic nuclear forces. In this position, he established an unprecedented military-to-military relationship with his Russian counterparts, which resulted in extraordinary confidence building and openness.

General Habiger is a Distinguished Fellow and Policy Adviser with the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security where he assists with the Center’s international programs aimed at preventing weapons proliferation and reducing nuclear dangers. Prior to joining the Center, General Habiger was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio Water System, where he was responsible for the general operations of the System along with the strategic long-range business and water resources planning for the ninth largest city in the United States. He also worked as the Department of Energy’s Director of Security and Emergency Operations. As the Department’s “Security Czar”, he was charged by the Secretary with changing the security culture at the Energy Department and establishing a program to reenergize and restore confidence in the Department’s Security Program.

General Habiger is also the Chairman of the Board of the Armed Services YMCA, serves on the Fisher House Foundation of San Antonio Board and is a Senior Fellow with the Gorbechev Foundation. He also serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours. During the Vietnam War, he flew 150 combat missions.