Ed has 30 years of experience in the United States Air Force, specializing in air, space and cyber operations. His staff assignments include 3 tours at the Major Command level and 3 tours at the Pentagon. He retired as a Brigadier General.
Ed has a proven track record as an innovator, implementer of cultural and organizational change and a collaborator to derive best solutions—a perspective cultivated through his various assignments and positions. After several operational assignments, Ed was selected as a Legislative Fellow, serving on the personal staff of a US Senator. Ed then led a squadron with responsibility for the 24/7/365 operation of 50 ICBMs and the training and well-being of 230 personnel. During this time, Ed championed a significant change to the USAF’s physical fitness program, which was subsequently adopted Air Force-wide, and remains in place today. Ed then led the ground-breaking work entitled “The Space Professional Development Program.” This program put in place integrated processes to identify, train, educate and deliberately develop 10,000 personnel. Next, in the unique operating environment of Thule Air Base, Greenland, Ed implemented a program to reduce the Air Base’s footprint, and, in doing so, saved more than $4M annually in operating costs. Ed then led the joint space community’s effort to develop contingency plans for our Nation’s space systems, culminating in the implementation of a “whole of government” and private sector approach to preserve the capabilities of the Nation’s space assets.
Ed’s last USAF position was as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Programs, in which capacity he led the formulation of the USAF’s 5-year, $600B+ budget. His disciplined methodology to building “the POM” directly led to a $10B increase in budget authority for the USAF while under the Budget Control Act constraints. Additionally, his “Corporate” approach enabled the integration of funding requirements from all stakeholders, a methodical prioritization and a transparent decision-making process which was recognized as the Department’s best program. Ed is now the Director of Air Force and DOD Programs for Sehlke Consulting, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business in Arlington, Virginia.
B.S. in Business Administration, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
M.A. in Human Resources and Management, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Certificate of Completion, the Belgian Defense College in Brussels, Belgium,
Certified by the American Society of Military Comptrollers as a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM)