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Chief of Staff

Chris J. Grassano

Mr. Chris Grassano is serving as the Chief of Staff for the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition with responsibility to assist in the execution of all PEO matters and for directing, planning, managing and evaluating the PEO's staff activities. His responsibilities include providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition.

In 2007, Mr. Grassano was centrally board selected and served for three years as the Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ where he was responsible for equipping US and Allied Warfighters with world class direct fire combat and training ammunition through strategic life cycle management.

Prior to this position he served as the Deputy Product Manager for the joint international Excalibur program. Prior career assignments in Arlington, Virginia include Staff Assistant to the Deputy Director, Land Warfare, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Army Systems Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Mr. Grassano started his Department of the Army civilian career in 1986 and was the Lead Project Engineer at the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), where he designed, produced and tested high-g telemetry systems for smart munition systems. Then, after spending time as a Project Management Engineer in the Program Manager’s Office, Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM), he served as the PM Field Office representative at the prime contractor’s facility in Azusa, California.

Mr. Grassano received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology; a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology; a Master of Science in Management from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Masters degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He has completed the Harvard University Leadership for Senior Executives program and is a graduate of the advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and a graduate of the centrally board selected Competitive Development Group. Mr. Grassano is a level III certified acquisition professional in three career fields: Program Management: Test and Evaluation; and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.


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