Colonel Eric Shafa, USAF, is the U.S. Air Force Chair and Military 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 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 in 1993 through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from San Jose State University. He entered active duty in May 1994. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level, served as an Afghanistan Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand, and led a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan. Additionally, he served in staff assignments at Air Force Special Operations Command,U.S.Central Command and Headquarters U.S.Air Force. Colonel Shafa has participated in several deployments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, to include direct combat support in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as multiple joint/coalition/interagencyexercises involving ground and aircrew duty specializing in sensors, joint fires, and air-to-ground deconfliction from fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Prior to assuming his current duties,he served as Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.