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COL Chris Hoffman, USA

Chemical and Biological Defense
Performing the Duties of the Deputy Assistant of Defense
2021 CBRN Defense Conference and Exhibition

COL Hoffman is currently Performing the Duties of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense. In this role he supports the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Chemical and Biological defense programs by conducting Department-level research, development, and acquisition (RDA) activities from concept and requirements development, through early science and technology, to advanced development, testing and evaluation, and procurement. These efforts focus on reducing risk from emerging threats and fielding sustainable capabilities to all Services in accordance with Department, Service, and Combatant Command priorities for chemical and biological defense (CBD) and ensure our warfighters can fight and win in chemical and biological contested environments.

Prior to this current role, he served as the Principal Director in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense where he was responsible for efforts to integrate all phases of the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution processes that ensure alignment of investments against defined strategic goals, standardized business processes, utilize available business analytic tools, and adopt industry best practices, as appropriate, in the performance of budget oversight and resource management.

His formative and key Army assignments include: Command the 48th Chemical Brigade and 2d Chemical Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas; Director for Operational Protection for the Eight Army in Korea; and CBRN Branch Chief on the Army Staff in the Pentagon working for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programming, G-8. His deployments include serving as an Afghan Security Forces Advisor and as a Technical Escort Team Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as an instructor at the United States Military Academy.

COL Hoffman’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf, Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Master Parachutist Badge. Additionally, he also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.