First Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Headquarters U.S. Air Force (2006-2010)
Lieutenant General David A. Deptula (Ret.) was the first Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Responsible for policy formulation, planning, and leadership of AF ISR and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), he transformed those enterprises setting a standard emulated by services and nations around the world. A highly decorated military leader, he transitioned from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service. General Deptula has significant experience in combat and leadership in several major joint contingency operations, including Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan during the period of decisive combat. He is now Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies.