Lt. Col. Joel E. Pauls, USAF
Senior Military Fellow
United States Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Joel Pauls is an Air Force Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.
Lieutenant Colonel Pauls entered the Air Force after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999. He earned his wings at Vance AFB, Oklahoma in 2001. He has served in a variety of flying duties to include Evaluator and Instructor, Flight Commander, and Director of Operations. He also served as a USAF Fellow, working for the Chief of Staff of the Army, and as a Strategist in the Air Staff’s long-range strategy division. Prior to this assignment, he Commanded the 391st Fighter Squadron.
Lieutenant Colonel Pauls is a Command Pilot with more than 3400 hours of total flying time including 650 combat hours in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.