CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS
Mr. Williams is president of Christopher A. Williams, LLC, an independent national security and technology consulting firm located in Northern Virginia that provides strategic advice to American businesses. His clients have ranged from the “Top Five” aerospace & defense prime contractors to mid-tier companies to venture capital-backed technology start-ups.
In addition to his private consulting business, Mr. Williams currently advises various Federal departments and agencies on defense policy and strategy, national security, national-level strategic programs, space programs, intelligence programs and activities, ballistic missile defense programs, international relations, personnel security and counterintelligence, and other matters. This includes serving as a senior advisor to United States Strategic Command, as a consultant to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and as an associate in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Mr. Williams chaired the Department of Defense Policy Board, a group of former Cabinet-level officials, senior military officers, and other distinguished Americans that advises the Secretary of Defense on a broad range of national security policy and military strategy matters. He also has served on other Governmental advisory boards, including the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Advisory Committee, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Advisory Committee, and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory group. Mr. Williams was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to serve on the Secretary’s Task Force on DOD Nuclear Weapons Management. He also served as a member of a Congressionally-directed independent review commission on China’s military modernization.
Mr. Williams has held senior positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of government. At the Department of Defense, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and as acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
He also served as Executive Secretary of the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Soviet Defense & Space Talks in Geneva, Switzerland. He held a series of Leadership and Committee professional staff positions in the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Deputy Staff Director and Budget Director on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee.