Thomas P. Ehrhard, Ph.D.

Thomas P. Ehrhard, Ph.D.


Tom just returned to the private sector after over seven years as a strategy advisor to the most senior executives in the Department of Defense. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. As a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES-2), Dr. Ehrhard managed a broad portfolio of the Department of Defense’s highest priority strategic issues and processes.

Prior to working for the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Tom served as the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. Jim Miller. As a leading expert on matters related to China, Russia, and North Korea, he worked those issues on behalf of Dr. Miller with the Services, the Joint Staff and the White House National Security Council Staff. Prior to that assignment, Tom worked for the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz as his Special Assistant for strategy and policy, where he led the Chief’s elite Strategic Studies Group, played a key role in the design and program approval of the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), led an internal group with the Navy in development of the Air-Sea Battle Concept, and refocused the USAF’s remotely piloted aircraft future plan.

Tom retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 2006 after serving as the Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment, the legendary Andy Marshall, and having earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS. He currently lives on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, VA with Karen, his wife of over thirty years.

Board member since 2017.