General Eugene E. Habiger (U.S. Air Force, Retired) has more than 35 years of experience in national security and nuclear operations. In his previous assignment as the commander in chief of United States Strategic Command, he was responsible for all U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security strategy of strategic deterrence. In this position, he established an unprecedented military-to-military relationship with his Russian counterparts, which resulted in extraordinary confidence building and openness. This initiative was the centerpiece of a 60 Minutes II segment in February 2000 and a CNN special in October 2000.
Habiger is a distinguished fellow and policy adviser with the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security, where he assists with the Center’s international programs aimed at preventing weapons proliferation and reducing nuclear dangers.
Prior to joining the Center, Habiger was the president/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, where he was responsible for the general operations of the System, along with the strategic long-range business and water resources planning for the ninth largest city in the United States.
He also worked as the Department of Energy’s director of security and emergency operations. As the Department’s “security czar,” he was charged by the energy secretary with changing the security culture at the Energy Department and establishing a program to reenergize and restore confidence in the Department’s security program.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, primarily in bomber aircraft. During the Vietnam War, he flew 150 combat missions. He is also the chairman of the board of the Armed Services YMCA, serves on the Fisher House Foundation of San Antonio and is a senior fellow with the Gorbachev Foundation.