Lee brings distinguished military service as well as unparalleled global leadership and expertise in national and international security policy, acquisition, sustainment, logistics, global supply chains, advanced manufacturing, civil engineering, strategic planning, strategic deterrence/nuclear weapons and munitions, and joint/multinational military operations as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Lee is CEO and Chairman of The Levy Group, LLC which brings deep expertise in global
security policy, global supply chains, Air/Space/Cyber capabilities as well as strategic analysis, risk, and crisis management as well as organizational and leadership development. Lee, a nationally certified Corporate Director, serves as an independent director on several for-profit (publicly traded and privately held) and not-for-profit corporate boards including appointments to Audit and Compensation Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association as well as the Chairman of their Logistics Management Division.
Additionally, he recently served 3+ years on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). Appointed by the NASA Administrator, the NAC is the senior external advisory body to the administrator on program and policy matters related to the US space program. Lee has also been appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma as a member of the Oklahoma Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Council. He is a Senior, Non-Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, in Washington DC. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Logistics
Research Institute at the University of North Texas and the Knudsen Institute. He serves as a member of the DoD’s Defense Management Institute as well as a guest lecturer on sustainment, supply chains, and industrial base policy at the National Defense University, Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management where he lectures on space policy and assured space access in addition to guest lecturing on Transformational Leadership at the University of Oklahoma. Lee is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Change and Leadership at Vanderbilt University with an anticipated completion in 2024.
During his final general officer assignment with the Air Force, Lee was Commanding General of the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served as CEO of the Air Force’s organization responsible for worldwide logistics, supply chain, sustainment, and maintenance, modification, repair, and overhaul (MMRO) of Air Force, other US military, and allied aircraft, space, and cyber systems. Lee led a global enterprise of a 43,000 primarily civilian workforce located in 73 locations across the globe with over $16B in earnings. He also directed and had global responsibility for the Air Force’s supply chains, and agile software development and sustainment responsibility for Air, Space, and Cyber weapons systems as well as sustainment
responsibility for much of the US Nuclear Deterrent Forces.
In other assignments as a general officer, Lee served the second most senior uniformed logistician in the DoD responsible to the Director and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for logistics planning and execution to support global joint operations. He worked with the whole of government and all aspects of commercial industry to develop readiness and give national security options to US senior leadership. He helped organize the DoD response to Ebola Virus outbreak crisis in West Africa, synchronizing with whole of government and delivering courses of action to The White House and served as primary logistics advisor for DoD response options to Russia’s seizure of The Crimea/invasion of The Ukraine. Lee also oversaw commercial cargo ship conversion program used to enable destruction of Syrian chemical weapons.
Additionally, Lee served as the Director of Logistics for Air Mobility Command responsible for
global readiness and execution of the DoD’s Air Refueling, Air Cargo, and Aeromedical
Evacuation fleets as well as Air Force One and other VIP Platforms. He was also the
Commanding General of the 402d Maintenance Wing leading over 10,000 airmen in delivering
combat readiness via sustainment of the DoD’s C-5, C-130, C-17, E-8C, and F-15 fleets. Prior
to these general officer roles, Lee held a variety of key command and joint leadership positions throughout his career.
His distinguished career included multiple combat deployments, 4 joint assignments as well as
3 assignments in the Pentagon, including during the 9/11 attacks. In 2013, as a general officer, he deployed to Southwest Asia with US Central Command, where he led and directed the US Forces Afghanistan global withdrawal and retrograde of US combat equipment and personnel to achieve POTUS directed regional force levels.
While in uniform, he served on the Joint Staff’s Joint Logistics Board, Joint Munitions Board,
the Air Force’s Logistics board as well as the U S Transportation Command’s Distribution
Process Owner board. He also served as a voting member of the Commercial Airlift Review
Board (CARB). A New Orleans, Louisiana native, Lee’s military career began in 1985 when he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He also has earned a graduate certificate in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy State
University. Lee earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the
Naval War College. His varied education includes completing Harvard’s John F. Kennedy
School of Government’s Senior Executive Fellows Program and Senior Executives in National
and International Security programs. Lee completed the Air Force Enterprise Leadership
seminar at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia as well as LOGTECH
Executive Program and the Air Force Enterprise Leadership Program at the University of NorthCarolina, Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Lee is a sought-after keynote speaker and published author. Additionally, he is a nationally
certified corporate director through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
and was in the inaugural cohort to achieve this new national accreditation. Finally, Lee is a
member of Louisiana State University’s “Cadets of the Ole War Skule” Hall of Honor, The National Defense Industrial Association, The Association of Supply Chain Managers, Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, and a lifetime member of the Logistics Officers Association as well as the Air and Space Forces Association. He serves on the Veterans Administration’s Veterans Council and the local board of the Women in Aviation International.
Lee currently holds a TS/SCI Security Clearance.