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Gregory M. Christ serves as the Director for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)), at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Mr. Christ coordinates, staffs, and oversees the development of Department of Defense policy and guidance for ISR operations in both permissive and non-permissive environments in support of the USD(I&S) for all Defense intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and security programs operating under the authority, direction, and control of the USD(I&S). Mr. Christ also serves as Director, Algorithmic Warfare Cross Functional Team (Project Maven), established in April 2017 by the Secretary of Defense to bring big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning into the Defense Intelligence Enterprise. Additionally, Mr. Christ oversees coordination of the Sensitive Reconnaissance Activities and Operations Program.

In June 2014, Mr. Christ was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. Prior to assuming this position, he served 27 years on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force.

After receiving his commission in 1986 from the Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas, he began his career as a Weapon Systems Officer followed by Undergraduate Pilot Training where he was a distinguished graduate.

Mr. Christ is a graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School, served two tours on the Air Staff, and one in OUSD(I&S). Prior to his time in OUSD(I), he was the Vice Commander, 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, responsible for all operations and maintenance of the Air Force’s first remotely piloted aircraft wing, equipped with a wide variety of medium altitude unmanned aircraft systems. Mr. Christ retired from the military as a Command Pilot with over 3,775 flight hours in 43 different aircraft and earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Christ is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

Mr. Christ earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Physics from Indiana State University as well as a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University.

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