Mr. Gregory J. Ehlers is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Liaison to US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Prior to becoming the Liaison, he was the Chief of the Capabilities and Resource Analysis Division at USSTRATCOM. He directed timely, critical and relevant analysis related to future capabilities for the entire USSTRATCOM portfolio, which includes the nuclear, cyber, and space missions. He integrated and synchronized the analysis across USSTRATCOM with other directorates, components of USSTRATCOM, other Department of Defense and US Government organizations including LLNL.
Mr. Ehlers was born in Omaha, NE. He is a retired AF officer and began his military career after enlisting in 1985. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Creighton University in 1991, Mr. Ehlers was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1992. While on active duty he completed Squadron Officer School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology. After serving on active duty for 20 years, Mr. Ehlers retired in 2005 and subsequently joined government service. Since then he has completed an additional Master’s degree in Military Operational Art at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.
As an enlisted member Mr. Ehlers served as an Airborne Russian Cryptologic Linguist and flew on various RC-135 aircraft. After commissioning he served as a space operations officer, satellite engineer and strategic systems analyst. His last assignment was as a Mathematics Instructor at the USAF Academy. As a civilian, Mr. Ehlers has served as an operations research analyst, program analyst, supervisory program analyst, Missile Defense Advocacy Branch Chief and Deputy Division Chief of the Air and Missile Defense, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and Electronic Warfare Advocacy Division at USSTRATCOM. As the Deputy and Division Chief he was responsible for leading Command advocacy efforts and synchronizing those activities throughout the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, Acquisition, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Executive Processes.
His major awards and decorations include the Air Medal (2 oak leafs), Defense Meritorious Service Award, and Air Force Commendation Medal.