Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.), is a national security professional who consults, lectures, and writes on a variety of security and military topics and actively serves as a U.S. Air Force Adjunct Contract Professor. General Devereaux earned a B.S. in International Affairs from the US Air Force Academy, and holds M.S. degrees in Systems Management (AF Institute of Technology), Airpower Art and Science (Air University), and National Security Strategy (National War College).
General Devereaux served 34 years in the Air Force as a pilot, functional expert, and commander at multiple levels. As a pilot, he logged over 4,000 hours in the C-5 Galaxy, KC-135 Stratotanker, and instructed in numerous training aircraft. He commanded a flying squadron, an operations group, two wings, two installations, and the US Air Force Expeditionary Center in New Jersey. After 9/11, he commanded an Air Force operations group that deployed multiple teams that established air mobility hubs across the Middle East. He also served two tours on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon within the Operations and Logistics directorates, was the Director of all Air Force flying and technical training operations, and the Director of Regional Affairs on the Secretary of the Air Force’s international affairs staff. His last job on active duty was the Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy at the Pentagon.
Since retiring in 2012, General Devereaux has worked as a strategic consultant for numerous defense firms, think tanks, and technology companies, and is a member of the American College of National Security Leaders. He writes and lectures on defense, climate and security, technology, and leadership and has served on the Boards of several civic and veterans organizations, including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA, the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, the City of Asheville Civil Service Board, and the Advisory Group of the Center for Climate and National Security in Washington, DC.