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Colonel Justin Joffrion

Permanent Professor & Department Head

Department of Economics and Geosciences

Justin Joffrion
Contact Information

(719) 333-3080




Colonel Justin L. Joffrion is acting head of the Department of Economics and Geosciences. He leads a 54-member department responsible for two academic majors, economics and geospatial science, and supports two related programs, foreign area studies and operations research. In addition, the department hosts the Department of the Air Force’s Office of Labor and Economic Analysis (OLEA) which is focused on improving personnel policy and talent management by leveraging labor economic theory and advanced econometric analysis to help both the Air Force and Space Force attract, employ, and retain talented Airmen and Guardians in a competitive labor market.

Colonel Joffrion received his commission from the Air Force Academy in 1998. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers as a Senior Economist, as a technical writer for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and as an advisor to the Air Force Director of Force Management Policy on labor economic issues. Additionally, he designed and taught Prime Warrior to Airmen participating in Title X Wargames and was one of the initial software developers of the Air Warfare Simulation (AWSIM) Analysis Toolkit that became part of the Air Force’s Modeling and Simulation Training Toolkit. He stood up the first real-time analysis cell to support exercises at the Korean Air Simulation Center. Colonel Joffrion served on the Air Staff, the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as a member of the economics faculty at the Air Force Academy where he conducted research to support military personnel policy development. He commanded the 1st Manpower Requirements Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Joffrion established and served as the first Director of the Office of Labor and Economic Analysis.


1998 Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Economics, USAF Academy, Colo.

2003 Master of Science in Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2008 Air Command and Staff College, in residence by equivalency credit
2009 Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2014 Air War College, by correspondence

2017 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.