Christopher Mellon

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Christopher Karl Mellon
Christopher Karl Mellon

(1957-10-02) October 2, 1957 (age 63)
EducationColby College, Yale University
OccupationDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Staff Director of the Senate Intelligence Committee
Years active1985-2004
OrganizationDepartment of Defense, United States Senate
RelativesJudge Thomas Mellon, Andrew Mellon, Matthew Mellon, Richard Mellon Scaife, Paul Mellon
FamilyMellon family
AwardsThe Secretary of Defense Meritorious Public Service Award,
The Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award,
The National Reconnaissance Office Gold Medal,
The Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Medal,
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency Medallion for Excellence

Christopher Karl Mellon (born October 2, 1957),[1] is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and later for Security and Information Operations. He formerly served as the Staff Director of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.


Christopher Mellon was born to the Mellon family. He is the son of Karl Negley Mellon and Anne Stokes Bright. And the great-grandson of Gulf Oil co-founder William Larimer Mellon. His Mellon's great-great-grandfather, Thomas Mellon, founded Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh.[2][3] He received a B.A. in economics from Colby College in 1980 and a master's degree from Yale University in international relations, with a concentration in finance and management, in 1984.

Mellon served for 12 years in a variety of positions on Capitol Hill, including nearly 10 years as a professional staff member as a Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.[citation needed] He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence from November 1999 until Jan 2002. From June 1998 through November 1999, Mellon served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security and Information Operations. In that capacity, he was responsible for policy and programmatic oversight of information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, security, counterintelligence, and information operations strategy and integration. Mellon went to the Pentagon as a member of William Cohen's transition team on January 2, 1997. Following the transition, Mellon was appointed as the Coordinator for Advanced Concepts and Program Integration, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, concentrating on encryption and information assurance issues.[citation needed] From November 1997 to June 1998, he served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Policy, providing advice on a range of intelligence issues. Before entering the private sector, Mellon returned to Capitol Hill, where he served as the Minority Staff Director of the Senate Intelligence Committee for Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV from 2002 to 2004.[4]

UAP Disclosure Activity[edit]

Mellon is a private equity investor, advisor and shareholder for To the Stars.[5][6] In relation to recent revelations about government UFO research, Mellon stated:

We know that UFOs exist. This is no longer an issue. The NAVY itself has publicly acknowledged the fact that they exist, and NAVY pilots―active duty pilots―have gone on the record in the New York Times acknowledging the fact that they exist. So the issue now is: why are they here, where are they coming from and what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?[7]

Mellon was featured in the 2020 UAP documentary, The Phenomenon, which also featured former Nevada Senator Harry Reid, former governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, investigative journalist Leslie Kean, and researcher Dr. Jacques Vallée.


1. "Panelist" at the Wayback Machine (archived November 14, 2004), Harvard Law School


  1. ^ "United States Public Records".
  2. ^ "Mellons* in Pittsburgh," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan, "Mellon family's legacy lives on," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  4. ^ "Christopher Mellon". Archived from the original on 14 November 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Mellon, Christopher (March 9, 2018). "The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn't the Pentagon care? - We have no idea what's behind these weird incidents because we're not investigating". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "To The Stars Academy". To the Stars. October 10, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Former US defense official: We know UFOs are real - here's why that's concerning". May 29, 2019.