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Dr. Marc Dippold

Anders Chair of Economics

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Marc Dippold
Contact Information

(719) 333-8730




United States Air Force Academy, Anders Chair of Economics 2014 – Present
Endowed professor sponsored by the Academy Research and Development Institute (ARDI), responsible for the curriculum and presentation of economics capstone and managerial economics courses; provide a better appreciation and understanding of defense economics and applied economic research from the civilian, industrial and government perspectives.

Leidos; VP, Space Operations & Sustainment 2013 – 2017
Led strategic planning, marketing and business development for systems engineering and integration, sustainment and modernization, intelligence systems and support, and mission IT, with an emphasis on U.S. Air Force and space-based programs.

SAIC; VP, Space & Unmanned Systems 2006 – 2013
Led two directorates that provided expertise in system engineering, sustainment and modernization in the areas of space logistics, mobile C2 and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mission support, to include integration across operations centers, ground control systems, platforms, sensors, and the communications/data architecture.

U.S. Northern Command & NORAD; Chief, Strategy, Plans & Policy 2002 – 2006
Political-military advisor to U.S. State Department, Foreign Affairs Canada, Department of Defense, and Joint Staffs; handpicked to represent command at treaty-level negotiations. Led strategy development, to include integration of National Security Strategy, National Military Strategy, Defense Planning Guidance and Unified Command Plan.

RAND; National Defense Fellow 2001 – 2002
Led and conducted extensive research with multi-service and multi-disciplinary teams focusing on Enhancing U.S. Defenses and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Strategic Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance Requirements, and Operational Training Management. Completed rigorous cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection training; developed relationships with world-renowned subject matter experts and supported U.S. Air Force (Project Air Force) and U.S. Army (Arroyo Center).

United States Air Force; Commander/Fighter Pilot 1982 – 2001
Commander and decorated fighter pilot flying F-16 and A-10 aircraft in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific theaters of operation. Skillfully planned and executed combat operations over Iraq and the Former Yugoslavia.


Doctor of Management, Colorado Technical University, Colorado

Master’s Certificate, Homeland Security/Defense, University Of Colorado, Colorado

Master of Business Administration, University Of Arizona, Arizona

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Northern Arizona University, Arizona

National Defense Fellow, RAND Corporation, California

Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, Air University – Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Distinguished Graduate & Dean’s Award for Research, Air University – Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Professional Experience

Anders Chair of Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (2014–present)

Vice President, Space Operations & Sustainment, Leidos (2013–2017)

Vice President, Space & Unmanned Systems, SAIC (2006–2013)

Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force (1982–2006)

Professional Affiliations:
American Economic Association

Academy of Management

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Air Force Association

Order of Daedalians

Honors & Awards

Department of Defense Superior Service Medal (2006)

Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2004)

Ira Eaker Award (1998)

Air University Deans Award for Research (1997)

Air Medal for Aerial Achievement in Combat (1991)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Applied Defense Economics

Leadership & Management


“Culture of Leadership Development” 2012
Doctor of Management Dissertation

RAND Reports 2002
Coauthored and published exceptional classified reports that were lauded by national defense leadership and used to guide strategic and operational policy

“Middle East Assessment: The Void of Democracy in U.S. Policy” 2002
Air University

“Air Occupation – Asking the Right Questions” 1997
Air Power Journal