Douglas L. Raaberg

Executive Vice President

General Raaberg is Executive Vice President, Air Force Association, providing strategic direction to AFA as the premier professional military and aerospace education association in the nation.  He serves with the AFA President in their commitment to supporting Airmen and their families around the globe.   

Doug is an accomplished business executive and defense leader with a proven record of transforming vision into strategy to deliver innovative results.  He retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General and lead of the most advanced air, space and cyber operations in support of U.S., NATO and other international forces throughout the U.S. Central Command theater of operations. 

Raaberg has over 35 years of experience shaping leading edge concepts into operational reality and value creation for the customer.  In his most recent international position as Chief Executive for Northrop Grumman in the United Arab Emirates, Doug managed a new multi-national office that integrated a $500M pipeline portfolio of four corporate sectors into a country-focused effort.  His innovative 5-year strategic plan quadrupled into a $2B pipeline of business opportunities.

He joined Northrop Grumman in 2010 to run the $10B U.S. Air Force business development efforts for the Aerospace sector.  His general officer assignments include Director of Air and Space Operations for Air Combat Command.  Additionally, he has extensive experience in international military affairs orchestrating regional operations as the Deputy Director of Operations for U.S. Central Command. 

General Raaberg commanded the nation’s only B-2 stealth-bomber wing that spearheaded the air campaign for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  He is a combat veteran with 35 combat missions in the B-1 bomber and holds the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the globe. For this historical aerial achievement, he and his team received the 1995 McKay Trophy for the U.S. Air Force Most Meritorious Flight of the Year Award.  He is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours, primarily in the FB-111, B-1 and B-2. 

He is an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and National War College.  He is a graduate of the Global Business Executive Program at Thunderbird University, Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Seminar and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Battlefield to Boardroom course.  Doug is a director member of NACD, a USAFA Falcon Foundation Trustee and senior advisor to the Council for a Strong America on Mission: Readiness in Wash. DC.

General Raaberg and his wife, Claudia, reside in Fairfax, Virginia.