Dr. Chris Decker is a Senior Defense Systems Analyst in the Systems Analysis Group in the Office of Defense Coordination at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he conducts studies on technical deterrence issues in support of LLNL’s national security missions.
Dr. Decker received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. For his dissertation work he received the American Physical Society Simon Ramo Award for outstanding doctoral thesis (now called the Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award).
Dr. Decker joined LLNL in 1995 to work on developing table-top x-ray lasers, inertially confined fusion, and radiation sources for nuclear weapon effects testing. In 2000 he joined a small start-up company that developed novel all-optical amplifiers for the fiber-optic telecommunications industry. In late 2002, Dr. Decker returned to the Laboratory and joined Z Division as an intelligence analyst.
In 2006, Dr. Decker became the Associate Program Leader (APL) for the South and East Asia Group in Z Division and in 2015 he became the APL for the Russia Group. Dr. Decker joined the Office of Defense Coordination in April 2018.