LTG (Ret) Ed Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director for Strategic Military, Science, Space and Security Initiatives at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs since September 2010 and served as the President of the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado from September 2012 through June 2015. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he was with Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a Principal and as a business leader in multiple areas including missile defense, space, homeland defense/security, cyber security and Army programs. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton after serving 39 years of active duty in the United States Army.
LTG (Ret) Anderson has a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and is a graduate of the British Higher Command and Staff Course.
LTG (Ret) Anderson previously served as an Assistant Division Commander for the 1st Armored Division, and then the 3rd Infantry Division. He then became Commander of the Combined Arms Center—Combat Developments (CAC-CD) and was also the first Director of the Battle Command Battle Lab. He was then assigned to the Army Staff where he was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations—Force Development (ADCSOPS-FD) responsible for developing the Army’s modernization strategy and funding priorities.
He commanded the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and then served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff. As the J5, LTG (Ret) Anderson also served as the military advisor to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
He then became the Deputy Commander, United States Space Command, and Vice Commander, US Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the first and only Department of Defense joint organization totally dedicated to homeland defense and homeland security.
LTG (Ret) Anderson retired from the United States Army on 31 July 2004 as a Lieutenant General. Since his retirement, he has remained very active in the community and in space, homeland defense/security, cyber security, missile defense and Army activities through his multiple contacts in NORTHCOM, NORAD, DHS, OSD, SMDC, the Missile Defense Agency and the National Guard Bureau. LTG (Ret) Anderson served as the Chairman of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Senior Advisory Group for four years. He was approved by the SECDEF as a member of the National Security Space Independent Assessment Panel and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Board Chair of the Peak Military Care Network and a Trustee on Colorado Thirty Group Board of Trustees; he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Red Cross, Discover Goodwill of Colorado Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. In 2009 he was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Council, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (now Regional Business Alliance) and previously he served as the President of The Home Front Cares here in Colorado Springs. His awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/1 OLC; Army Distinguished Service Medal w/1 OLC; Canadian Meritorious Service Medal Service Award.