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RADM Christian “Boris” Becker

Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Rear Adm. Christian “Boris” Becker in March 2017 assumed command of SPAWAR, where he leads a global workforce of 10,500 civilian and military personnel who design, develop and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities. His assignments have included service in Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command and the Joint Intelligence Center in Tampa. He has been recognized as the Department of the Navy’s Acquisition Professional of the Year and the Intelligence Community Major Program Manager of the Year. Personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and various unit, and service awards. In addition, he was awarded the NRO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. In addition to his college degrees, the native New Yorker completed the Executive Fellows program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

ALMA MATER: Boston University, George Washington University