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SPEAKER

Chris Miller
Senior Advisor, Highlander Partners LP Chief Strategy Officer, DZYNE Technologies, Legion Fund
Alyssa Weinberger

CHRISTOPHER MILLER was a public servant for 34 years in the Army and the national security apparatus of the United States. His service culminated as the Acting Secretary of Defense of the United States where he oversaw the military’s $720 billion budget and successfully led its two million service members and 700k civilian employees through one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. Currently he is the Chief Strategy Officer for DZYNE Technologies, a cutting-edge company specializing in autonomous flight and uncrewed aerial systems (aka “drones”) and advises the private equity firm, Highlander Partners of Dallas, Texas.

Chris is one of his generation’s most seasoned national security professionals. He possesses extensive cross-cultural and multigenerational experience operating from the ground-level with foreign governments and leading U.S. and allied military and security forces, to the highest corridors of power domestically and internationally. He has extensive Intelligence Community experience as well.

The Senate unanimously confirmed Chris on August 6, 2020 as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center where he was responsible for defending the U.S from terrorist attacks. Prior to his confirmation, Chris led the Department of Defense’s counterterrorism and irregular warfare efforts. He also served temporarily as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations with responsibility for fighting Al Qaida, recovering American hostages and transforming the DoD to compete against rising powers.

In 2018 and 2019 Chris was the Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Transnational Threats at the White House. As the government’s senior most policymaking official in those fields, Chris developed and implemented strategy and policy and provided counsel to the National Security Advisor, Vice-President, and President.

Chris enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1983. In 1987 he became an Army officer through R.O.T.C and served 27 years in the Infantry and Special Forces (Green Berets). He planned and participated in the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, in addition to numerous other deployments worldwide. After retiring from the Army in 2014, he provided advice to senior government officials and drove change in the fields of Special Operations, Political Warfare and Intelligence.

Raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the George Washington University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Army War College.

With over 30 years of proven success leading and managing teams and organizations in the most complex, dynamic, demanding, and sensitive environments, Chris remains committed to transforming antiquated thinking and processes to ensure a strong national defense and secure Republic while advocating for members of our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families. His experiences and philosophy are available in his recently published book, “Soldier-Secretary: Warnings from the Battlefield & the Pentagon about America’s Most Dangerous Enemies”.

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