Honorable Christopher Miller

Director, National Counterterrorism Center
2020 Virtual SO/LIC

The Honorable Christopher Miller was sworn in as the seventh director of the National Counterterrorism Center Aug. 10, 2020.  He most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism.

From 2018-2019, Director Miller served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism and Transnational Threats at the National Security Council responsible for strategic level policy making and implementation, and support to senior NSC and White House leadership.


Director Miller served in the military from 1983-2014. He began his military career as an enlisted Infantryman in the Army Reserve in 1983 and also served in the District of Columbia National Guard as a Military Policeman.  He was commissioned as an Infrantry Lieutenant in 1987.  In 1993, he transferred to Special Forces.  Director Miller participated in the initial combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in addition to many follow-on deployments to both theaters.  He also has extensive inter-agency and joint special operational experience.


After retirement, Director Miller worked as a defense contractor providing clandestine Special Operations and Intelligence expertise directly to the Under Secretaries of Defense for Intelligence and Policy.


Director Miller holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the naval War College and is a graduate of the Naval College of Command and Staff and the Army War College.  He lives in Virginia with his wife and they have three grown children.