U.S. Navy Rear Admiral ret
Chuck Saffell was appointed President, Federal Network Solutions in March 2004, and directs Nortel's continued leadership in delivering secure and reliable technologies that are of particular importance to governments and defense interests worldwide. Chuck reports to the president and chief operating officer, reflecting the company's specific emphasis on developing its government and defense customer businesses globally. Saffell was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1968 and shortly thereafter was designated a Naval Aviator. Serving in several operational billets including command of an E-2C "Hawkeye" squadron, he was designated a proven specialist in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, (C4ISR.) Taking command of USS Guam during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Captain Saffell was awarded the Bronze Star for spearheading the successful evacuation of 281 diplomats from war-torn Somalia. After his promotion to Rear Admiral in 1993, Saffell served as the Deputy Director for the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC, where he provided direct IT support to all of the combatant commands. In addition he was a key planner and implementer of the Global Command and Control System (GCCS) and helped develop the concept of network-centric warfare. His final assignment was leading the U.S. Pacific amphibious force, with command of 18 ships and over 16,000 Sailors and Marines. Following his 1997 retirement from the U.S. Navy, Saffell held executive positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Titan Corporation. As Senior Vice President for National Security Solutions, Saffell helped define and implement the business focus and strategy thrust for Titan. He was instrumental in Titan's rapid growth in the government IT sector. Chuck Saffell graduated from San Diego State University, holds an MS in Computer Systems from the Navy Postgraduate School, and an MS in Administration (Information Systems Technology) from George Washington University. He holds a top-secret SCI security clearance. He is based in Herndon, Virginia.
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