Arlington, Va. - Christian P. Marrone has joined AIA as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, bringing to the association extensive budget policy experience from both the Defense Department and the private sector.
“Our industry is currently in a long-term environment of budget constraints, facing both the onset of sequestration and the quickly-approaching expiration of the current Continuing Resolution,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “In these circumstances, we could not ask for a better-qualified policy expert than Christian to lead this newly combined department.”
Marrone has held a number of impressive positions within DOD, including Special Assistant to former Secretary Gates and also served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. In his capacity at DOD, Marrone also led the annual development of the Department’s legislative program, including submissions and related tasks to support the National Defense Authorization Act.
In his years of policy experience, Marrone has worked with and supported DOD’s leadership on many of the issues and priorities AIA’s members care most about – the budget, key acquisition programs, overall program, management and acquisition policy efficiencies, and cybersecurity.
Most recently, Marrone served as an Executive for Defense Markets for member company 3M, where he was charged with helping build and develop their Defense Markets Division. He also provided senior corporate leadership with advice and guidance on National Security-related issues.
Marrone is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in Government Administration, holds a J.D. from Temple University and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State.