Chris Battle founded Security Debrief as a forum for the homeland security community to discuss pressing issues and current debates in national security, counter-terrorism and law enforcement. After a long fight against kidney cancer, Chris passed in August 2013.
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Chris worked as an adviser during the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After the Department officially stood up in 2003, Chris was appointed Director of Public Affairs and later served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He led public affairs campaigns promoting operations that ranged from weapons and human smuggling to financial crimes to national crack-downs on illegal immigration.
Prior to his work at DHS, Chris served as Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In this capacity he lead the nation’s top counter-narcotics agency efforts in public relations, grassroots outreach, and congressional relations. Prior to his work in the Administration, Chris spent a number of years on Capitol Hill where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and political/communications strategist for Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
While Chris left a significant, lasting impact on government and homeland security, he was also a leader in the cancer community. He inspired others with his website, Kidney Cancer Chronicles, where he wrote about his experiences and reflections on fighting cancer.
In 2016, the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure) was founded to raise funds for kidney cancer research. The non-profit is focused on funding research that leads to the development of new treatments, and ultimately, a cure for kidney cancer. All donations directly fund research grants.
More about Chris’ remarkable life can be found in the many articles written in tribute after his death. Some of those are provided below:
Chris Battle – A Well-Lived Life, by David Olive
The Power of Battle, by Justin Hienz
I’m Here Because of Chris Battle, by Rich Cooper
Chris Battle, Former Hill and Administration Staffer, Dies at 45, by Kate Ackley in Roll Call