CHRISTOPHER G. DUSSEAULT
Senior Director, Protector UAS Program Aircraft Systems
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Chris Dusseault is currently Senior Director of the Protector Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program for the Aircraft Systems business unit of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), in San Diego, California, USA. In this position, Mr. Dusseault is responsible for the design, development, manufacturing, and delivery of the Protector UAS to the United Kingdom. Aircraft Systems manufactures, supports, and operates a variety of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for military and commercial applications worldwide.
Mr. Dusseault joined GA-ASI as a Program Manager in 1999. In his first assignment as the Predator UAS Special Projects Manager, he was responsible for the integration of the AGM-114 HELLFIRE Missile on the Predator® RPA. In this role, he also integrated the Stinger air-to-air missile, the Paveway II laser guided munition, and multiple SIGINT systems.
Mr. Dusseault’s next assignment was as Program Manager for the U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle UAS, supporting the program from initial contract award in 2005 to the completion of the Army’s Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) event in 2012. He led the program for several years of development and in 2012 received the Brad Clark Memorial Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership of the Army’s Gray Eagle program.
In 2013, Mr. Dusseault became Director of the Predator XP UAS, GA-ASI’s newest RPA developed for international customers. Predator XP’s first sale was to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was responsible for every element of the contract including design, development, flight test, production, training, and fielding. The aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule to the UAE in February 2017.
Prior to joining GA-ASI, Mr. Dusseault was an Officer in the U.S. Air Force working as a Test Engineer and Acquisitions Officer. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 after nine years Active Duty and 11 years Reserves.