Brig. Gen. Kimberly A. Crider is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She assists with the development and integration of the Air Force strategy, long-range plans and operational capabilities-based requirements as well as the activities ensuring the Air Force builds and employs effective air, space and cyber forces to achieve national defense objectives.
General Crider was commissioned through the ROTC program at Duke University in May 1986. She served on Active Duty for 8 years and has been a Reservist for 20 years, having held positions in Air Force Space Command, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces Command, United States Air Forces Europe, Headquarters Air Force, Air and Space ISR Center and the Defense Information Systems Agency. In her previous assignment, General Crider was the Mobilization Assistant to the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C where she assisted with setting the Air Force's strategic direction, policy guidance and procedures for the effective, secure and efficient use of Information Technology, Information Assurance and Information Resources Management to enable integrated warfighting capabilities and information dominance across all mission areas. General Crider is a master communications officer and a senior acquisition officer.
In her civilian capacity, General Crider is an executive CIO consultant for a large university. She has led numerous large-scale IT and systems engineering initiatives in academia, industry and government, and has expertise in enterprise infrastructure, cloud technology, IT workforce development, cyber security, network defense operations, and command and control.