Christopher M. Barnhurst is the deputy director for the Defense Information Systems Agency and serves as the deputy to the DISA director in leading and overseeing the operations of the agency, with a focus on delivering efficient and effective information technology services in support of the warfighter.
Beginning his DISA career as a GS-3 student hire, Barnhurst has in-depth agency knowledge that can only be acquired through a journey as unique as his.
Having served as the DISA chief financial officer/comptroller, Barnhurst provided executive leadership and oversight for the successful preparation and execution of the agency’s $11 billion budget, which finances essential command and control, telecommunications, computing, cyber operations, mission assurance and other services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, military services, defense agencies, the intelligence community and joint and coalition warfighters worldwide. The budget also finances critical communications support to the president.
Prior to his senior executive service appointment in July 2017, he served as the principal advisor to DISA’s comptroller for planning, programming, budgeting and execution and as a senior manager of DISA’s Defense Working Capital Fund budget and operations division. In these roles, he led the development of an innovative cash-management solution supporting DWCF operations that served as the basis for revised DoD cash management and policy. He also led the development and implementation of a revised pricing structure for DISA’s network services that resulted in significant departmental savings and incentivized DoD-wide adoption of more efficient technologies. As a result, he was recognized as a recipient of the American Society of Military Comptrollers Award for Budgeting.
Barnhurst earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Elon University in 2007 and is a level-three certified DoD financial manager.