Col. (Ret.) Christopher Mayer

Director, Contractor Standards and Compliance, Department of Defense, US
Col. Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer is the Director, Contractor Standards and Compliance in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support). His primary responsibility is to develop policy and manage Department-level oversight for private security contractors (PSCs) supporting U.S. contingency operations. His duties include acting as U.S. Government Technical Representative in the development of industry standards for PSCs and U.S. Government technical advisor for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. His portfolio also includes integration of human rights and anti-human trafficking policy into U.S. contingency contracting.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2009, then-Colonel Mayer served under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, where he was responsible for developing integrated approaches to post-conflict or disaster relief and recovery. He also represented the U.S. Government in drafting the Montreux Document for good practices regarding Private Military and Security Companies.

Previous duty assignments include Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination to the UN Mission in Liberia (2007-2008); Chief of Staff for the Defense Reconstruction Support Office (2005-2007); and Chief of Staff, Iraq Program Management Office (2004-2005), responsible for the Coalition Provisional Authority-managed reconstruction of Iraq. In this capacity, he established an operations center to centrally manage Private Security Company support of reconstruction. A career armored cavalry officer, Christopher Mayer is also a qualified in Civil Affairs and certified in Defense acquisition and emergency management – including qualification as a search and rescue pilot.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, the Commander's Award for Public Service, and the United Nations Medal. Chris Mayer holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Louisville and the Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

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