Director, Contractor Operated Ships

Mr. Christopher D. Thayer
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Director, Contractor Operated Ships

Mr. Christopher Thayer was appointed as the Director, Contractor Operated Ships at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in January, 2012. In this capacity he is responsible for overall strategic program planning, life cycle planning, force structure analysis, acquisition, POM/budget development, and resource allocations for the operation of more than 65 ships in the MSC fleet.

Thayer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Director, Strategic Sealift and Prepositioning, Military Sealift Command in January, 2007. He was, and remains in his current position, the key advisor to the Commander, Military Sealift Command on all strategic sealift and afloat prepositioning matters.

From August, 2000 until January, 2007, Thayer served as the Director, Strategic Planning. In this capacity, he was responsible for the command’s long range planning efforts and corporate development initiatives, new business development, government and industry relations, and oversees the command’s small and disadvantaged business program.

Thayer served as the MSC Deputy Director, Operations and Plans (N3/5) from 1996 - 1999, and was responsible for MSC vessel standard operating procedures, directing MSC operational wartime planning efforts, worldwide anti-terrorism and force protection programs and the operation of the MSC 24-hour command operations center. While in this position, Thayer received the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.

In 1993 Mr. Thayer was assigned as the Special Assistant to the Vice Commander, Military Sealift Command. In this position, he reviewed and advised on all Command programmatic and policy proposals and coordinated cross-functional studies and analyses.