Lieutenant Colonel Chris Keithley is the United States Air Force’s 2018-2019 MIT Security Studies Program Military Fellow. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander and Director of a flight test squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His unit was responsible for F-16 and F-15SA developmental flight test and provided test support to other test efforts at Edwards. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Director of Operations for the F-35 Integrated Test Force which was responsible for developmental flight test on all three variants of the F-35.
Lieutenant Colonel Keithley earned his commission through the US Air Force Academy in 2000. He attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, with a follow-on operational assignment in the F-15C at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. He later served as an Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals instructor at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia before completing USAF Test Pilot School in 2008. Upon graduation, he conducted flight test on the F-16 prior to an assignment conducting flight test on the F-22. He has served as an executive officer for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the National Intelligence University, and the United States Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.