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Bob Otto’s Bio

After serving more than 34 years in the United States Air Force, Lieutenant General Bob Otto transitioned from active duty on December 31, 2016.

In June 2013, General Otto became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force ISR capabilities.

As the Air Force’s senior intelligence officer, he was directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He led five directorates and supported a 30,000-person enterprise with a portfolio valued at $55 billion across the Air Force.

During his career, General Otto held command at virtually every level, including squadron, group, wing, and agency commands. His staff duties included four tours at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, one tour with the Operations Directorate on the Joint Staff, and one tour at Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command. The general was a command pilot with more than 2,800 hours in the U-2, RQ-4, F-15, AT-38, O-2, and OT-37. He deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.


General Otto holds a Master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College, is a Seminar XXI Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and graduated from both George Washington University’s National Security Studies program and Harvard’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program.

He also graduated with a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Army Command and General Staff College.

Lieutenant General Otto is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Black Hills Corporation and serves on several strategic advisory boards.

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