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Christopher C. Miller
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United States Secretary of Defense
In office
November 9, 2020 – January 20, 2021
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Mark Esper
Succeeded by David Norquist (acting)
Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
In office
August 10, 2020 – November 9, 2020
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Joseph Maguire
Succeeded by Steve Vanech (acting)
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
In office
June 19, 2020 – August 10, 2020
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Thomas Alexander (acting)
Succeeded by Ezra Cohen-Watnick (acting)
Personal details
Born
Christopher Charles Miller

October 15, 1965 (1965-10-15) (age 55)
Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Kathryn Maag (m. 1989)
Children 3
Education George Washington University (BA)
National Defense University (MA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1983–2014
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit 5th SFG Beret Flash.png 5th Special Forces Group
The Activity
Battles/wars Iraq War
War in Afghanistan

Christopher Charles Miller (born October 15, 1965) is an American government official who served as Acting United States Secretary of Defense from November 9, 2020 to January 20, 2021. He previously served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center from August 10 to November 9, 2020. Prior to serving in civilian leadership at the Department of Defense, Miller was a Green Beret, commanding 5th Special Forces Group in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a defense contractor.

Miller was initially the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, a role to which he was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on August 6, 2020. He was named Acting Secretary of Defense by President Donald Trump on November 9, 2020, following Trump's firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. During his tenure as acting secretary of defense, Joe Biden presidential transition staff accused Miller of obstructing the transition.

During the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, Miller was criticized for hesitating to approve assistance of National Guard troops from neighboring states to reinforce the D.C. National Guard until 4:41 PM, three hours after Capitol Police signaled that they were being overrun and two hours after city officials from the District had asked for such assistance. Miller was succeeded by then-Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist on January 20, 2021.

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