Vice President, Strategic Development
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Chris Pehrson is Vice President for Strategic Development at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. In this capacity, he develops business strategy and leads a team of business development professionals to promote the company’s full line of remotely piloted aircraft and sensor payloads to the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government customers. He is responsible for a business capture portfolio that includes the MQ-9 Reaper, MQ-1C Gray Eagle, Avenger UAS, Advanced Programs, Mission Payloads, and ISR services lines of business. He and his team are focused on providing customers with effective, reliable and affordable mission solutions.
Prior to joining GA-ASI in 2010, Mr. Pehrson served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. During his military career he commanded two squadrons and an operations group, and was rated as Command Pilot and Electronic Warfare Officer. Mr. Pehrson completed staff tours at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served as the Department’s representative to the interagency for the formulation of national cyber security and domestic counterterrorism policies.
Mr. Pehrson holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.