Christopher Skaluba

Formerly Principal Director for Strategy and Force Development, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Degree

MAIR, Syracuse University

Specialties

Strategic planning, U.S. defense policy for Europe, U.S. policy for Europe and NATO

Biography

Since leaving his role as a senior executive in the federal government, Mr. Skaluba has focused on writing, teaching and consulting about defense policy and international relations — recently publishing multiple essays in the online journal, War on the Rocks, and teaching comparative foreign policy as part of the Maxwell School’s new Executive Master's in International Relations program.

Before leaving government service, Mr. Skaluba served as the Principal Director for Strategy and Force Development in the Pentagon’s Policy division. His office was responsible for assessing the future of international security and crafting the Defense Department’s strategies for navigating that future as a means to developing a prepared, capable, and effective U.S. military. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Skaluba served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, the principal advisor to the Department’s leadership with respect to crisis management in the Middle East.

Mr. Skaluba served a lengthly tenure as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy, where he formulated and implemented U.S. defense policy for Europe. Accordingly, he conducted defense relationships with 31 European nations and, in the wake of Russian revanchism, helped inaugurate the European Deterrence Initiative. In this capacity and in his previous role and as the Director for European Policy, Mr. Skaluba frequently represented the Secretary of Defense and the Department at bilateral, multilateral, and interagency activities associated with transatlantic security.

Prior to his work on Europe, Mr. Skaluba served in the Pentagon’s Policy Planning office, working on a range of projects to include long-term competitive strategy development and the Defense Policy Board. He came to Policy Planning from an exchange assignment at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, where he managed London’s defense relations with Japan and South Korea.

Before his assignment in Whitehall, Mr. Skaluba worked as a strategic planner for the Pentagon’s Homeland Defense policy office, helping to craft the inaugural Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support. Mr. Skaluba began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he completed a series of developmental assignments throughout the foreign and defense policy community.

Mr. Skaluba’s private sector experience includes the Walt Disney Company’s Management Development Program, Crossroads to Leadership, which he completed while working in various capacities for Disney’s Orlando operations.

Mr. Skaluba is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Master of Arts in English from Syracuse. Mr. Skaluba taught numerous classes in writing and rhetoric at Syracuse while pursuing his degrees. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from the Pennsylvania State University.