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The Republican Club of San Francisco

Colonel Chris Starling

US Marine Corps (Ret.) 1988-2014


Colonel Chris Starling serves as the Executive Director of NPower SkillBridge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to transitioning active duty service members from military defense to safeguarding our digital networks. Through NPower SkillBridge, members of the Armed Forces receive invaluable cybersecurity training at no cost prior to their departure from the military. This training equips them with the skills necessary to secure lucrative cybersecurity positions in the civilian sector upon completion of their service. Notably, graduates have gone on to work for esteemed organizations such as Raytheon, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, BAE Systems, Deloitte, and the National Security Agency.

With a distinguished 26-year career in the Marine Corps, including 10 deployments overseas and three combat tours in the Middle East, Colonel Starling brings a wealth of experience to his role. He has served as an instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY, and spent a year as a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University, researching China's influence in Africa.

Colonel Starling is an alumnus of the Virginia Military Institute for his undergraduate studies and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the City University of New York. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

Colonel Starling's forthcoming discussion will address the critical threats facing our nation and assess the readiness levels of our Armed Forces. Key questions will include: What are the existential threats to America? Has terrorism been sufficiently mitigated? How do our allies and adversaries perceive us? What lessons can be gleaned from recent global events such as Russia's stalled invasion of Ukraine? Is China's military strength accurately portrayed? Are concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities justified? How does the situation in Gaza impact the United States?

Participants are encouraged to bring forth their inquiries, whether they be optimistic, critical, or complex, for a dynamic dialogue surrounding national security priorities for the upcoming presidential term. Join us for what promises to be a stimulating evening of discourse.

1630 Stockton Street
Between Union and Filbert Streets
San Francisco

Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:45 pm
Speaker 7:45 pm

Members $80    Non-Members $90
(Plus $5 online transaction fee)

(Main Course Selections)
One-Half Roast Rosemary Chicken
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Caper Sauce
Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana

No-Host Bar

Two Parking Garages on Vallejo Street Between Powell and Stockton

For questions, please contact Joan Leone at or (415) 567-7424.