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Dr. Marc Dippold

Anders Chair of Economics

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Marc Dippold
Contact Information

(719) 333-8730




As the Anders Chair endowed professor, Dr. Dippold is responsible for the curriculum and presentation of the capstone Defense Economics and Managerial Economics courses, which provide graduating senior cadets a better appreciation and understanding of economics from the civilian, industry and government perspectives.

Dr. Dippold is committed to the premise that as future officers of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, cadets should have an understanding of economics as applied in the “real” world, to include the allocation of scarce defense-related resources, which will ultimately make them better leaders. He is focused on developing an understanding of the strengths and needs of our nation’s capitalistic free enterprise system, especially those of the defense industrial base, and intent on making the relationship between the DoD and defense industry more collaborative and productive.


Executive Education Program – Behavioral Economics; Yale University

Doctor of Management; Colorado Technical University

MS, Homeland Security & Emergency Management; University of Colorado

MBA; University of Arizona

BS, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering; Northern Arizona University

National Defense Fellow; RAND Corporation

Air War College; Air University

Air Command & Staff College (Distinguished Graduate & Dean’s Award for Research); Air University

Professional Experience

Peregrine Consulting; President/CEO

Home Front Military Care Network; Board of Directors

Falcon Foundation; Board of Trustees

Leidos; VP/Business Area Manager, Space Operations & Sustainment

SAIC; VP/Division Manager, Space & Unmanned Systems

Proven business acumen and success performing across the spectrum of the national defense industrial domain, to include technical services and support, and system acquisitions.  Responsible for multi-billion dollar programs, to include economic profit and loss modeling, cost-benefit and opportunity cost analysis, assessment of comparative advantage, and critical resource allocation to achieve short and long term performance goals.

As corporate Vice President of two Fortune 500 companies, responsible for profit/loss and successfully led geographically separated business units that provided core competencies in system engineering and integration, sustainment and modernization, and test and evaluation for space launch and control of the GPS, MILSATCOM, and SBIRS systems, and 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.

Led program execution efforts for NORAD-NORTHCOM J5, J6, J7, J8 and Standing Joint Force Headquarters advisory and assistance programs.



USNORTHCOM & NORAD; Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans

U.S. AIR FORCE, COLONEL; Commander/Fighter & Instructor Pilot/Headquarters Air Force, Chief Europe-NATO Branch

Combatant command lead for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities operational plans and Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JCTDs) to exploit mature and maturing technologies, and introduce and transition new operational capabilities from developers to warfighters via the Defense Acquisition System.

Operations Group and Squadron Commander; superbly analyzed and orchestrated operations, maintenance, and logistics to maintain combat readiness for three Fighter Squadrons, consisting of 63 F-16 aircraft valued at $1.9B, 105 pilots, and 700+ support personnel.  Led Fighter Squadron in sustained combat operations over Iraq earning the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.

Decorated fighter pilot and instructor flying F-16 and A-10 aircraft in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Pacific theaters of operation; as a Mission Commander, skillfully planned and led combat operations over Iraq and the Former Yugoslavia.

Supported counter-proliferation and combating weapons of mass destruction negotiations for the Air Staff in support of the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); developed military and economic models to address key strategic goals.

Coordinated Foreign Military Sales with State Department, Department of Defense, and Joint Staff; successfully executed multi-billion dollar programs in partnership with U.S. and foreign services, and corporate vendors to achieve political, economic and military strategic objectives.

Honors & Awards

Department of Defense Superior Service Medal

Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Ira Eaker Award

Air University Deans Award for Research

Air Medal for Aerial Achievement in Combat

Research and Scholarly Interests


Behavioral Economics

Defense Economics


“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