Lisa Disbrow has 32 years of combined civilian and military service in national security processes. She served as the 25th Under Secretary of the Air Force from 2015 − 2017, overseeing a global organization with 660,000 personnel and an annual budget of over $130 billion. In this role, Disbrow focused on space and cyberspace resiliency, modernizing nuclear forces, acquiring weapons and intelligence systems, growing active and reserve end strength, and transitioning enterprise business systems. She also worked to improve the care and benefits for Airmen living with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.
Following the 2017 change in presidential administration, Disbrow served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense’s Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor until the Senate confirmation of Heather Wilson. Prior to these positions, Disbrow served as the Senate-confirmed Financial Management & Comptroller of the Air Force, Vice Director of the Joint Staff J-8 Directorate, on the National Security Staff in the White House, and as a Systems Engineer with the National Reconnaissance Office.
After joining the U.S. Air Force in 1985, Disbrow served for over 23 years in ops and signals/electronic intelligence, programming, and plans. She deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch, prior to her retirement from the Air Force Reserve in 2008.
Disbrow currently sits on the Board of Directors of Mercury Systems; Perspecta; Sequa; LMI, the Air Force Association; and The Mitre Corporation’s AF Advisory Board. She is a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Co. She joined the Wounded Warrior Project® Board of Directors in 2018.