Chris Taylor

National Security Industry & Innovation

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Chris Taylor is a global business leader and entrepreneur, and a two-time defense industry CEO. Recognizing his work as a business leader, he was named as one of “HillVets’ 100 of 2014” most influentialveterans in America and named one of “15 to Watch in 2012” by GovCon Executive magazine along with fellow CEOs and cabinet members. 

Chris is also an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown's Security Studies Program where he teaches the graduate courses, "The Business of National Security", and "Hacking for Defense".

Chris spent 14 years in the U. S. Marine Corps as anenlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. Twice selected for meritorious promotion, he was the Distinguished HonorGraduate at the NCO Leadership Academy and the Distinguished LeadershipGraduate at Amphibious Reconnaissance School. Chris finished his undergraduatedegree at night and left the Marine Corps in 1999. to attend the College ofWilliam & Mary where he earned his MBA in 2002, and received the Dean’sAward for Leadership and Service at graduation. He is also a 2008 graduate ofthe Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a Master of Public Administrationdegree and was elected by his class to lead them into Harvard Yard forgraduation. Chris also served as the Director of the Harvard Defense &Security Initiative and as a member of the Defense Leadership Project atHarvard’s Center for Public Leadership where he co-authored, Transforming the National Security Culture.

Chris speaks frequently at professional and academicforums; he has testified before Congress and the Commission on WartimeContracting on private sector contributions to national security and lectured at the National Defense University, Duke law School, West Point, the Naval Academy, and Harvard. He has appeared on MSNBC and CNN offeringcommentary on global security challenges. Chris is the former Chairman of the International Stability OperationsAssociation and a member of Business Executives for National Security. He hasattended Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in National andInternational Security and theAspen Institute’s Executive Seminar and the Justice and SocietySeminar.

Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the AmericanUniversity of Afghanistan, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the AtlanticCouncil.