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Chris Kelsall
Branch Head, Cyberspace/IT Workforce
Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief Information Office


Mr. Kelsall serves as the DON CIO’s principal expert on Cyberspace/IT workforce policy and planning; to include manpower, personnel and training system requirements. Mr. Kelsall is responsible for development of workforce strategic plans and SECNAV instructions and manuals. He serves as the DON CIO lead for Department of Defense cyberspace workforce efforts for the Under Secretary of the Navy and responds to DoD, Federal, and Congressional inquiries regarding the cyber/IT workforce. He is a member of the Federal CIO Council IT Workforce Committee where he works at the Federal level on workforce requirements, competencies, education and training, and certification. His work also includes participation in the National Initiative for Cyber Education (NICE) workforce structure and training tracks. Mr. Kelsall also serves as a member of the DoD Cyber Integration Team tasked with addressing DoD Cyberspace Workforce Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) requirements. He serves as the lead for the DON Cybersecurity/Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program.

Mr. Kelsall served in the United States Navy, both as an enlisted member and as a Limited Duty Officer for over 29 years. His duty assignments included USS Meyerkord, (DE-1058), USS Sides (FFG-14), Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific, Afloat Training Group Atlantic, USS Mahan (DDG-42), Combat Systems Training Group Charleston, USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), and the Commander in Chief Atlantic staff. He has made numerous deployments to the Far East, Mediterranean, and Persian Gulf areas. Mr. Kelsall’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

After retiring from the Navy in 2002, Mr. Kelsall went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness. In 2006, he joined DON CIO staff as a consultant for IT civilian and military workforce management. In June 2008, he was selected for Government Service and his current position with DON CIO.

Speaking Schedule
Wednesday, September 18, 1:55-2:45pm - Implementation of the NICE Framework (panel)































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