Austin Presence Lead
Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)
Christine Abizaid was selected to serve as the Austin Presence Lead for the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in September 2016.
Prior to moving to Austin, Texas and joining DIUx, Christy was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, from July 2014 through August 2016, serving first in an acting capacity and then earning a full appointment in December 2014. In this role, she was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award presented by the Secretary of Defense to non-career Federal employees.
Before joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Christy served on the National Security Council staff, first as a Director for Counterterrorism, focused particularly on the Middle East, and later as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. She also served for seven years with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Joint Intelligence Task Force Combating Terrorism as the Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Division and the Iraq/Middle East Division. During this time she deployed several times to the Middle East, including a tour as the senior DIA counterterrorism representative in Iraq.
Christy holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. She has also received the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Award, the National Military Intelligence Association John T. Hughes Award, the DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and the Defense Civilian Expeditionary Medal.