The Spectrum Group

Brig Gen Allison Hickey, USAF, Ret.

Expertise Areas

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Air National Guard and Reserves
  • BRAC and SWOT Assessments
  • Strategic Planning and Strategic Initiatives
  • Executive, Legislative and Interagency Government Relations, Program Support and Advocacy
  • UAV Programs


The Honorable Allison Hickey supports clients with exceptional expertise, experience and access across Capitol Hill, the Department of Defense, the National Guard and Reserves, and the intelligence community.

Prior to joining The Spectrum Group, General Hickey directed the Veterans Benefit Administration as Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits from June 2011 to October 2015. In that Presidentially-appointed role, she had extensive White House, Congress and interagency interactions at the highest levels of government, especially in the areas of transformation, budget formulation and advocacy for the $95 billion VBA program, driving its eight business lines focused on military service members, veterans, their families, and survivors.

General Hickey served a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General as the Director of Air Force Total Force Integration. For more than 17 years, she served in key leadership positions in the Air Force Strategic Planning Directorate and the National Guard Bureau Strategic Initiatives Directorate, where she conducted and led strategic planning, SWOT analyses, and plans and assessments for Force Structure and Bases.

General Hickey also led the implementation of the 2005 BRAC Commission decisions on Air National Guard and Reserve missions, including leading the standing-up or merging of more than 140 new missions and 15 UAV programs. She also previously led the complete BRAC SWOT Analysis for all 94 Air National Guard Units across the 54 states, territories, and Washington, D.C.


  • Under Secretary for Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Director of Air Force Total Force Integration
  • Leader, Total Force Integration Effort for New Missions, 2005 BRAC


  • M.S., National War College
  • B.S., United States Air Force Academy
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology