Natasha D. Ford is the Department Head, Academic Partnerships, School of Strategic Force Studies, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is responsible for planning, programing, budgeting, and executing (PPBE) the department’s resources. Ms. Ford also directs and evaluates academic research projects, and oversees the achievement of the department’s strategic and operational long-term goals to implement advanced education for the nuclear command, control, communication community, and related career fields. Ms. Ford will also serve as the senior advisor to the Dean of the School of Strategic Force Studies.
Ms. Ford entered government service with the Air Force as an Information Technology Trainee summer hire in the Communications and Information career field for the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Requirements Directorate, selected to progress through college student STEP and SCEP trainee programs. Ms. Ford was appointed as a Palace Acquire Intern for the AFMC Intelligence Squadron and attended Basic Communications Officer Training at Keesler AFB, MS. Upon graduating from the Palace Acquire Internship program, she began her excepted service appointment in the AFMC Intelligence Squadron. Ms. Ford was responsible for the AFMC Intelligence community’s information technology resources and responsible for the Squadron’s cybersecurity footprint as the Information Systems Security Officer.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Ford was the acting Chief, Special Missions Branch, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright- Patterson AFB, Ohio. She provided technical management and leadership for the Air Force Foreign Military Sales logistics, financial, and case management programs.
2004 Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
2006 Bachelor of Science in Management Information Science, Franklin University, Columbus, OH
2009 Master of Science in Administration, Management Information Systems,
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
2009 Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler Air Force Base, MS
2011 Cyber Operations Course (Cyber X), 229th Information Operations Squadron
2012 Defense Acquisition University, Information Technology Level II Certification
2018 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (correspondence)
Jun 2003 – Apr 2006, IT Specialist Trainee, HQ AFMC/A5R (HQ AFMC/DR/XR), WPAFB, OH.
Apr 2006 – Oct 2009, IT Palace Acquire Intern, HQ AFMC IS, WPAFB, OH.
Oct 2009 – Jun 2014, IT Specialist, 21st IS, (HQ AFMC IS), WPAFB, OH.
Jun 2014 – Jun 2021, IT Specialist, AFLCMC/WFRZ, WPAFB, OH (May 2021 – Jun 2021, Supervisory IT Specialist, AFLCMC/WFRZ, WPAFB, OH.)
Jun 2021 – Present, Education and Resource Specialist, AFIT/EX, WPAFB, OH.