Colonel Rachel McCaffrey, USAF (Ret)

Vice President, Membership & Chapters and Executive Director, Women In Defense
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) welcomed Rachel A. McCaffrey as the Executive Director of Women in Defense (WID) in November 2017.

Rachel came to WID after over 28 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel.  In her last assignment, she led an Air Staff Division responsible for planning and programming Command and Control (C2) and Global Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) programs.

Prior to her Air Staff tour, Rachel was the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence (A2) for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  She served as the ISR Division Chief for Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and led over 70 personnel in planning, executing and evaluating ISR operations to enable NATO’s campaign to protect civilians in Libya.  Rachel also commanded the 9th Intelligence Squadron at Beale AFB and served in a number of other positions at the Squadron and Major Command level.  Rachel is a fully qualified Joint Specialty Officer and served on the Joint Staff in the Intelligence Directorate (J2).

A native New Englander, Rachel grew up in Central Massachusetts.  In 1988 she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of the Arts in English, and she received her commission through the Flying Irish Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment.  She earned her Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Rachel also attended the Intelligence Weapons Instructor Course, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Army War College.