Buthe, Chris

Chris is currently responsible for the management of CMTC’s Defense and Cyber Physical Security Services initiative. CMTC is the California center for the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Using CMTC’s partnership model, Chris has helped develop a public private partnership in Defense Services and Cyber Physical Security services called California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis & Diversification Effort (CASCADE). CASCADE is led by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), and includes Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California Community Colleges, California based Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Departmentof Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and many other organizations in California. Utilizing expertise from the NIST Laboratories, and Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Chris applies the DoD regulations and guidance with NIST publications and guidance to the security and regulatory challenges facing Small to Mid-Sized Manufacturers. In 2014-2015, Chris led the NIST Transportation MTAC that spanned the Defense, Automotive, and Aerospace sectors. Prior to joining CMTCin 2014, Chris had over 30 years of experience in contract management, Integrated Product Teams, Strategic alignment, Risk Management, and Business Continuity. After his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Chris maintained continuous education with UCLA Extension, and DAU courses on Production, Quality and Manufacturing. While earning his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Chris participated in a two year program of MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative PMI and INCOSE that produced the “Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs”. Chris continues his education under Defense Acquisition University in the Cybersecurity of Defense Suppliers.