Breakfast in March with Juanita Christiansen

Join Us For Breakfast:

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

at The Jackson Center,
6001 Moquin Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806 

Breakfast Begins at 7:15am, 
Program Starts at 7:45am


Featured Guest Speaker
Juanita Christiansen, 
Executive Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation & Missile Center



Dr. Christensen was selected for Senior Executive Service in February, 2015. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation & Missile Center, at Redstone Arsenal, AL. CCDC Aviation & Missile Center conducts research, exploratory and advanced development, and technology demonstrations to advance the capabilities of Army Aviation Platforms and Missile Systems along with providing life-cycle engineering services for all Army aviation and missile systems.


  • 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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