Lieutenant Colonel Paul C. Wood is assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado where he works in the J5 Plans, Policy and Strategy Division, as the Branch Chief for Homeland Defense Strategy, Policy and Doctrine.
Lt Col Wood is the son of a law enforcement officer and has a strong interest in police officer safety and training. With over 22 years experience developing and driving high-performance teams to mission success, he has used his operational experiences in combat aviation to develop trust, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills in local, state and federal LE agencies. Lt Col Wood helped stand up a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team in a Denver suburb, serving as an advisor to the two agencies as they merged their independent SWAT teams into a regional unit. He assisted the teams with complex organizational issues such as command and control, ROE for team response and employment and standardizing the team’s training syllabus.
Lt Col Wood’s operational experience includes nearly 2000 hours flying B-1 bombers in dynamic, stressful and hostile environments. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School and later returned as an instructor where he provided the world's most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment and in-flight leadership to select officers of the combat Air Force. In October 2001, he flew some of the first strike missions of Operation Enduring Freedom targeting over 600,000 pounds of munitions against Taliban forces. During his time in the B-1, he pioneered close air support, moving target interdiction, & electronic warfare tactics, training programs and procedures.
In his current assignment, Lt Col Wood leads a team of nine military and civilians ensuring the nation's defense through strategy, policy and doctrine for NORAD and USNORTHCOM. He led USNORTHCOM’s contribution to development of the 2013 Strategy for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. Colonel Wood also represented the Commands during the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review where he led and participated in working groups to define future force-sizing requirements as well as the primary roles and missions of the Department of Defense.
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