Full Name
Christopher Chrislip
Job Title
Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans & Policy, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ Commander, TENTH Fleet
United States Navy
Speaker Bio
Captain Chrislip a native of Newton, North Carolina, graduated from North Carolina State
University in Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering in 1990. He was
commissioned via NROTC as Special Duty (Cryptology).

He served in Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa, Japan as the Search and Development
Division Officer, Joint Operations Watch Officer, and Direct Support Element Division Officer in
submarines and USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19). Captain Chrislip then attended Naval Postgraduate
School, Monterey, California. He graduated in 1995 with a Master of Science degree in Computer

He served in Naval Security Group Activity, Pensacola, Florida as the HFDF Software
Support Division Officer, and as Information Warfare-Protect Department Head. He established
Commander, Naval Security Group’s first Information Warfare Operations Center for Computer
Network Defense. In 1998, he was awarded the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association International Copernicus Award for individual contributions to Information Warfare.
Captain Chrislip was then assigned to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in Bremerton,
Washington as the Ship’s Signals Exploitation System Division Officer and Officer of the Deck

In 2001, he was assigned to the Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA), Washington,
DC as the Development Support Division Officer, the Assistant Intelligence Department Head, and
Operations Department Head. There he provided specialized Information Operations systems and
support to for theater Commanders’ Special Technical Operations.
Following NIWA, Captain Chrislip was assigned to Chief of Naval Operations staff (N20) at
the Pentagon where he served as the Joint Military Intelligence Programs / Tactical Intelligence and
Related Activities (JMIP/TIARA) Programs Manager. Captain Chrislip led Navy’s efforts to
streamline JMIP /TIARA into a new DoD-wide Major Force Program for military intelligence (MIP).

In 2006, Captain Chrislip was assigned as Deputy Information Warfare Commander, Carrier
Strike Group ELEVEN in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), where he exercised tactical control of fleet
Information Warfare systems and aircraft in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom during two Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf Deployments. Captain Chrislip commanded Navy Information Operations Command Sugar Grove, West Virginia from August 2008 to September 2010 where he served as both Installation Commander and
National Intelligence Site Commander. He then reported to Chief of Naval Operations N2/N6 in
October 2010 where he served as Director, Intelligence Community Integration representing Naval
Intelligence Policy, Strategy, and interests to the more than 17 Joint and national intelligence agencies
on a multitude of issues impacting the U.S. Navy.

As the U.S. Navy’s voting member on both the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Committee, and the National Signals Intelligence Committee he guarded U.S. Navy and Naval Intelligence equities while leveraging national capabilities.
Captain Chrislip served on the Joint Staff, J39 from September 2011 to October 2012 as
Deputy Chief of Cyber Operations. While with J39 he led joint efforts to streamline cyber response in
defense of the nation and was the key lead for cyber inclusion in the Chairman’s Emergency Action

In 2012, he reported to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence in October
2012 as Director of the Special Technical and Cyber Operations Division where he helped craft
Presidential Policy Directives establishing new guidelines for SIGINT and Cyber in the wake of
media disclosures. In 2014 Captain Chrislip reported to NSA as Deputy National Cryptologic
Representative, Defense at the Pentagon. In July 2016, he assumed his present role as Assistant Chief
of Staff, Plans & Policy, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ Commander, TENTH Fleet at Ft George G.
Meade, MD.

Captain Chrislip and wife Jennifer have two sons Wyatt and Benjamin
Christopher Chrislip