y Carla Pampe
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
3/20/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air
Force Global Strike Command initiated the creation of a new Nuclear
Leadership Development Center, which will focus on nuclear and
leadership education, and professional development.
"The center will have several lines of effort designed to increase
nuclear knowledge and leadership across the force," Col. H.B. Brual,
deputy director of the Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and
Analysis Directorate, said.
The creation of the NLDC was driven in part by reports both before and
after Global Strike Command's standup that noted a declined focus on the
nuclear mission, with a lack of developmental opportunities for career
nuclear personnel, Brual said. In addition, the reports identified gaps
in the development of leaders and critical thought within the Air
Force's nuclear enterprise as a whole.
"The creation of this center will allow us to address those gaps and
bring a nuclear focus back to the command's education and professional
development programs," Brual said.
Capt. Reed Elsbernd, NLDC Leadership Education Officer, said the center
is not designed to compete with other education and professional
development programs in the Air Force, but rather to complement them.
This will leverage and capitalize on leadership development from other
sources, while ensuring a nuclear focus.
"This is a different focus than traditional professional military
education and professional development," Elsbernd said. "We want to
create a culture that inspires transformational leaders and make them
He added that while part of the NLDC is education focused, the other
part is dedicated to deliberate development of nuclear professionals,
including ensuring they get the right training at the right time in
their careers, and identifying assignment opportunities to maximize
The center is developing curriculum for officer education and
professional development, and will subsequently move to the enlisted and
civilian force. The team is currently meeting with some senior enlisted
members to chart touch points for the enlisted career life cycle.
"Over time, the NDLC will increase capacity," Brual said, "but to make
sure we get it right, we're focusing on one segment of the force right