Christopher Barnhurst serves as the Deputy Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. He provides executive leadership and oversight for the formulation and execution of a $10 billion dollar budget, which finances critical communications support to the President of the United States, as well as essential command and control; telecommunications; computing; cyber operations and mission assurance; and other services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Services, the Defense agencies, the Intelligence Community and joint and coalition warfighters worldwide. He leads a team of professionals who provide a wide array of financial services across the programming, budgeting, and accounting disciplines. He and his team provide critical resource justifications to the Congress and defend complex information technology capabilities in both the Appropriated and Defense Working Capital Funds.
Barnhurst joined the DISA team as a GS-3 student temporary employee, working at the agency during the summer. He worked in numerous staff and leadership positions before his selection and promotion to the Senior Executive Service in November 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Principal Advisor to the DISA Comptroller for Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution and as a senior manager of DISA’s Defense Working Capital Fund budget and operations division. In these roles, he led the development of an innovative cash management solution supporting DWCF operations that served as the basis for revised DoD cash management policy. He also led the development and implementation of a revised pricing structure for DISA’s network services that resulted in significant departmental savings and incentivized DoD-wide adoption of more efficient technologies. As a result, he was recognized as the recipient of the American Society of Military Comptrollers Award for Budgeting.
Mr. Barnhurst earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Elon University in 2007 and is a level three certified DoD Financial Manager.