COL Nathan Mooney, USAF

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair

Eisenhower School

Colonel Nathan C. Mooney II currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair and Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington D.C..  In this capacity, he teaches graduate-level courses and conducts executive coaching focused toward preparing military officers, international fellows, Department of Defense civilians and private industry executives to assume senior-level positions and to effectively lead within today’s highly complex strategic environment.  Colonel Mooney also serves as co-lead for the Eisenhower School’s Space and Counterspace Industry Study program.  In this capacity, he instructs students on how to conduct in-depth operational analysis of today’s commercial and military Space industries and the global markets that supports Space operations.  

Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Mooney served as the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As the Deputy Director, he led military and civilian personnel responsible for the development of policies in support of the command’s 38,000 space and cyber professional assigned to 134 locations worldwide. He managed the maintenance and lifecycle sustainment of 130 space and cyber systems through the execution of a $1.5B Weapon System Sustainment budget. He oversaw the programming and policy implementation for the command's $23B physical plant which included 29 million square feet of facilities, seven major installations and two coastal space launch ranges.

A career logistics officer, Colonel Mooney has held a variety of positions at base, major command and Pentagon levels having served as a staff officer on both the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and headquarters Air Force staffs. In addition, he has commanded a Logistics Readiness Squadron and a B-52 aircraft maintenance squadron.  He commanded the 56th Mission Support Group at Luke AFB in Phoenix, Arizona where he led 1,900 personnel responsible for providing installation support for the Air Force’s largest fighter wing.

Colonel Mooney is a 1989 graduate of Troy State University where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Management and Business Administration.  In addition, he has earned a Masters of Science degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Science degree in Military Operational Arts and Science from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base and a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy).  Colonel Mooney successfully completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Col Mooney is married to the former Chevette Bailey of Wichita, Kansas.