CDR Christian Decker, USN (Ret.)

Christian Decker is the President and Founder of Planate Management Group with over 35 years of military and civilian management experience both in uniform and as a senior government civilian and contractor. Since 2007, Mr. Decker has led a diverse team of technical experts who are experienced in working in some of the most complex and difficult environments worldwide providing planning, design, construction and professional services solutions for US Defense clients. His experiences in the US Navy as a member of the Civil Engineer Corps/SEABEEs in facilities management and acquisition culminated as the US Navy’s first Public Safety Director and principal resourcing sponsor for a $9 billion program installation for combating terrorism following September 11, 2001. Mr. Decker has spent a considerable amount of time in Central Asia, North Africa, Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe working closely with businesses and institutions in engineering, construction, logistics, security, and related specialized services.

As a licensed professional engineer, Decker graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and completed an MS in Engineering Management at the University of Florida. He is formerly a senior Federal Level III(DAWIA) Contracting Officer with significant post graduate education at Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools. His numerous personal and professional military awards include the Command & Staff diploma from the Naval War College. He founded and is a current board member of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation & Fashion For Fighters Foundation which support the recovery of seriously wounded, ill, injured Navy Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families. Decker is passionate about advancing interests of the US Navy.