Colonel Porter joined the NWC as the Air Force Chair in July 2011. Colonel Porter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, a Masters degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Col Porter is an experienced space operations officer having worked operational assignments in the areas of satellite operations, space surveillance and missile warning. He has been twice dual certified as both instructor/evaluator, is a two-time operational flight commander. Before joining the NWC faculty, he served as the Vice Wing Commander, 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin AFB FL. He was second in command of more than 5,000 personnel and directed base operating support to one center, six wings and over 40 associate units as well as over 86,000 military, dependents and retirees on the DoD’s largest military installation of over 724 square miles. Colonel Porter's staff experience includes assignments at HQ US Transportation Command, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, HQ US Southern Command, the Air Force Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center (AFC2ISRC) and at HQ Air Force
Cyber Command (P). While assigned to USSOUTHCOM, Colonel Porter was involved with Detainee Operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Operation Secure Tomorrow in Haiti, as well as Counterdrug Operations throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. Colonel Porter is a designated Joint Qualified Officer.