Chris Springer is a US Army Major who received his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1997. He served as an artilleryman in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy, and went on to command an artillery battery in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon earning his degree in Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, he went on to become an assistant professor in economics at the United States Military Academy. He also holds a degree in certified financial planning and is published in this field. In 2008, Major Springer deployed to Iraq and served as a special assistant and economic advisor to the 1st Armored Division. He is currently assigned as the senior strategist for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he also teaches an elective course called International Political Economy. Since 2005, he has presented on economics in several countries. Major Springer is a graduate of US Army Ranger, Jumpmaster, Airborne and Air Assault schools.