Chris Anderson is currently serving as the Transition Deputy Director of the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) Sector Outreach and Programs Division. In this role, he is responsible for divisional transformation to meet the requirements of the newly released Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.
Mr. Anderson returned to the Department of Homeland Security in April 2012 following a one-year U.S. Navy Reserve mobilization to Manama, Bahrain on the staff of U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, where he coordinated security cooperation initiatives with U.S. partners in the Arabian Gulf.
Prior to his mobilization, Mr. Anderson was the acting Deputy Director of IP’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD). ISCD leads the national implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), a program to assess high-risk chemical facilities, promote collaborative security planning, and ensure that the nearly 8,000 covered facilities meet risk-based performance standards.
Mr. Anderson has also served as the Director of IP’s Contingency Planning and Incident Management Division (CPIMD), overseeing incident management and operational information sharing through the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) and supervising IP’s contingency planning, continuity of operations, and readiness activities.
Mr. Anderson previously directed the NICC, and held a variety of other NICC roles including Watch Operations Manager and shift captain. In these positions, Mr. Anderson developed critical infrastructure reporting processes during incidents of national significance and protocols for information sharing with state and local fusion centers; he also enhanced the Homeland Security Information Network (Critical Sectors) as a key information sharing mechanism within the Critical Infrastructure partnership.
Prior to his time with DHS, Mr. Anderson worked for America Online as a project and program manager.
Mr. Anderson began his career with nearly a decade on active duty in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot, completing deployments to the Mediterranean and eastern Pacific, and serving as a Strategy Officer on the staff of U.S. Naval Forces, European Command. He is a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, currently assigned to the Navy Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Mr. Anderson is a 2010 graduate of the National War College with a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy; he holds a second Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia. He is married with two children.