Chris Kinnan

Colonel, USAF (ret.) Curriculum Coordinator

Chris served 25 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel.  His military background includes nuclear weapons, missiles, space systems (i.e., satellites, rockets, radar, detection and warning, and communications), strategic planning, education and training, and national security strategy.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
During his military career, Chris served on the faculty of two Air Force training schools, including the Air Force Weapons School, as an instructional designer, curriculum developer, classroom instructor, and part of the faculty development and certification team.  He also served on the faculty of Air University’s Air War College as a national security strategy instructor and as the Director of the Grand Strategy Program, a Master’s degree program for senior military and civilian leaders. A futurist, Chris also served at Air University as the Deputy Director of the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) where he helped lead national security technology and alternative futures studies.  He is a co-author of Failed State 2030: Nigeria – A Case Study, an alternative future technology study that identifies critical capabilities, including security technologies, the United States Air Force should invest in and acquire to respond to a failed state scenario.
Following his retirement from the United States Air Force, Chris spent more than 3 years with Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a faculty trainer and as the deputy team lead and chief developer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Professional Certification Program.  He was also the Senior Program Manager for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Monogram licensing program for oil and natural gas equipment manufacturers and services and the API Quality Registrar certification body for the international oil and natural gas industry.
Chris is currently a doctoral student in the Human Capital Development program at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He received his Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Air War College; his Master of Airpower Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies; and his Master of Management of Information Systems from Lesley College.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Russian/East European Area Studies from Auburn University. He is a strategist, strategic planner and instructional systems designer.

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