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Captain Christopher D. Clark


United States Marine Corps

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Captain Christopher D. Clark


United States Marine Corps

Captain Christopher D. Clark enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2008. His initial assignment was with the Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron Futenma, where he served as a Financial Analyst until 2010. He then moved to Marine Corps Forces Pacific, holding the position of Budget Chief until 2013, where he was responsible for overseeing financial transactions worth $38 million annually.

In 2012, Captain Clark completed an Associate of Arts in General Studies at Hawaii Pacific University, which assisted in his selection for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. He continued his education at The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2016, followed by commissioning as a Communications Officer in the Marine Corps.

Captain Clark served as the Staff Communications Officer (S-6) for Marine Aircraft Group 24 from 2017 to 2021. In this role, he managed the communications requirements for the Group and its seven Squadrons in garrison, exercise, and deployment requirements across the Pacific Region.

Captain Clark obtained a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2020. This degree complemented his military duties and expertise in the field of information security.

Captain Clark was then selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating in 2023 with a Master of Science in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. For his thesis, he created a novel adversarial example attack using the A* Search algorithm. This thesis work involved significant work in building, training, and attacking advanced machine learning models. His advanced technical degree aligns with the evolving technological needs of the Marine Corps.

Currently, Captain Clark is the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Information, Service Data Office Artificial Intelligence Lead Officer, a role that utilizes his extensive academic background and experience in the Marine Corps.

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