Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski is the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for research and development, test, production, and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $32 billion annually. Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions including command at the wing and center levels. She has served as Director of the Acquisition Management Office for the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy and as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her leadership assignments included Program Director of the Airborne Laser Program; Commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing; Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; and most recently Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center. Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership in the U.S. science and technology community. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineers. Pawlikowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in chemical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.