Breakfast in February with Dr. Juanita Christensen

Join Us For A Virtual Breakfast:

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 

Open Chat Begins at 7:30am, 
Program Starts at 8:00am

 Link to Join




Featured Guest Speaker
Dr. Juanita Christensen

Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Facilities and Environmental, G-4, at the Army Materiel Command



Since November 2017, Christensen has led the Army’s research and development focal point for advanced technology in aviation and missile systems. Her tenure was a time of great change for the organization; not only did it change names – the center is formerly known as the Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center – but it also transitioned from the Army Materiel Command to the Army Futures Command.

“Under her leadership, the AvMC team made immeasurable contributions to Army Modernization in support of Future Vertical Lift, Air & Missile Defense and Long Range Precision Fires; just to name a few,” said DEVCOM Commander Maj. Gen. John George in a letter to the workforce.


  • November 2017 – Present: Executive Director, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation & Missile Center, Redstone Arsenal, AL
  • February 2015 – November 2017: Director, Weapons Development and Integration Directorate,
  • U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center’s Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, AL
  • August 2012 – February 2015 - Deputy Director for the Aviation Development Directorate (ADD), U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center’s Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, AL
  • September 2008 – August 2012 - Technical Management Division Chief, Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS), PEO Aviation, Huntsville, AL
  • February 2007 – September 2008 – Director and Engineering Analysis Directorate,
  • U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), Huntsville, AL
  • January 2005 – February 2007 - Principal Systems/Integration Engineer, UAS Program Management Office supporting the Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ERMP) UAV, SDI Inc., Huntsville, AL
  • April 2004 – January 2005 - Principal Systems/Integration Engineer , Cruise Missile
  • Defense System (CMDS) Program Management Office , CAS, Inc., Huntsville, AL
  • June 1991 – April 2004 - Senior Lead Engineer – Comanche Systems/Software Engineering & Integration, General Dynamics Advanced Information Services (GD-AIS) (formerly Veridian), Huntsville, AL
  • May 1988 – June 1991 - Senior Electronics Engineer, Boeing (formerly McDonnell Aircraft Company), St. Louis, MO
  • Nov. 1986 – May 1988 – Software Engineer, Mystech Associates and Structured Technology, New London, Ct.
  • May 1985 – May 1986 – Electronics Engineer, Boeing, Saint Louis, Mo.


  • Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix, 2011
  • MS, Computer Resources and Information Systems Management, Webster University, 1994
  • BS, Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, 1985


  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Management Academy Class 7, 2016-2017
  • Defense Acquisition University Executive Leadership Program, 2013
  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Leadership 25 and Focus 24, 2012
  • Corporate Leadership Development, Veridian, Bolger Center, 2003


  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III, Systems Engineering Acquisition
  • DAWIA Level I, Program Management


  • Government & Industry Award, Alabama A&M University Alumni Chapter , June 2018
  • Patriotic Employer Certificate of Appreciation, May 15, 2017
  • Women of Color Professional Achievement Award – Government, October 2016
  • Dred Scott Freedom Award (Inaugural Event), Military Achievement, December 2015
  • WEDC, Women Honoring Women Recipient for Technical Category, September 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support to PEO Aviation, 2008-2012
  • Alumni Leadership Award, Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM, May 2012
  • Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Science Spectrum Trailblazer, Dec 2011
  • Team SLAMRAAM Certification of Appreciation, January 2005


  • Harris, J. (2011). A Mentorship Study of Women in the Department of Defense Acquisition Sector, Doctoral Dissertation, Proquest Database, ISBN 9781124760711.
  • Harris, J. (2009-2012). Eyes Beyond the Horizon, Technical Management Division Corner, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Quarterly Magazine
  • Harris, J. (1994). Comanche Software Management Indicators Tutorial, Rail Company.
  • Madigan D., Harris J., Grover, and Grover (1997), RAH-66 Comanche Hardware and Software Processing Architecture, Army RD&A, May-June


  • Executive Officers Leadership Lunch & Learn, 26 July 2018
  • SMDC Mentoring Event, 12 June 2018
  • Event: Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Mentoring Program, Chair for Program Initiation, Mentee and Mentor Training, Jan-Feb 2018
  • Event: Joint Women's Leadership Symposium, Professional Development Workshop, Speaker, 16 June 2017 – Topic: Transforming the Rules of Engagement: Using Every Available Arsenal in ‘S.T.E.M.’ to be Successful
  • Event: Joint Women's Leadership Symposium, Professional Development Workshop, Panel Member, 15 June 2017 – Topic: S.T.E.M Military Careers for You
  • Event: HBCU Federal Contracting Academy Panel and Keynote Speaker, 25-26 October 2016 – Topics: Army/AMRDEC HBCU Opportunities & HBCU Diversity: A Critical Link in Achieving the Army Innovation Challenge
  • Event: Intermediate Leader Investment for Tomorrow (iLIFT) Program Speaker, 15 September 2016 – Topic: Building Effective Resumes and Career Guidance Topics
  • Event: Tennessee State University (TSU), 8 September 2016 – Topic: AMRDEC STEM Outreach Presentation
  • Event: Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC) Leadership Training Luncheon, 11 August 2016 – Topic: Challenge is the Crucible for Greatness
  • SES Champion, AMRDEC Center-wide Mentoring Initiative Program, 2014-Present
  • Event: Leadership Huntsville/Madison County – Leadership Class 29 Graduation Key Note Speaker, 4 May 2016 – Topic: Exemplary Leadership and Service Attitude
  • Event: 2016 AUSA Missile Symposium, 19 April, 2016 – Topic: Maximizing Innovative Technology and Transition to the Warfighter
  • Event: Program Manager’s Course, PMT 401, 22 March 2016 – Topic: Leading Technology Innovations
  • Event: Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Performance Management Day with Leadership Management Academy, 16 March 2016 – Topic: Leadership Communications
  • Event: Huntsville Businesses Networking and Mentoring Engagement, 11 November 2015 - Topic: Mentoring Successes and Lessons Learned (Round table discussions and mentor presentations) [Businesses involved: National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Project Management Institute (PMI)]
  • Event: Girls Science and Engineering Day at UAH, Opening Remarks, 17 October 2015
  • Event: Tech Trek, a residential STEM camp for rising 8th grade girls, held June 21-27 at UAH, 27 June 2015 - Topic: Mentoring
  • Event: “Taking the Pentagon to the People” at NC&AT State University, 8-10 June 2015 - Topic: AMRDEC Partnering and Opportunities
  • Event: North Alabama Chapter of Federally Employees Women (FEW) Networking Group, 28 May 2015, - Topic: Effective Resume Writing
  • Event: Huntsville Aerospace and Marketing Association (HAMA), Guest Speaker, 8 May 2015 – Topic: Building Partnerships
  • Event: Delta Academy, "Phenomenal Woman...That's You", at Progressive Union Family Life Center, 5 May 2015 - Topic: Achieving your career aspirations
  • Event: AMCOM, Women Leading with Purpose, Passion, & Professionalism, Bob Jones Auditorium, 2 April 2015 - Topic: Mentoring

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