Speakers

Charles Beames

Charles Beames
President, Vulcan Aerospace
Mr. Beames, President of Vulcan Aerospace, brings a unique combination of leadership and expertise in space and military systems, engineering, legislative affairs and business. His 30-year legacy in the Department of Defense includes the development and deployment of transformational airborne, ground- and space-based systems. In his new role, he is responsible for creating and executing the strategic plan to realize Paul Allen’s vision of revolutionizing space transportation. Prior to joining Vulcan, Beames was a member of the Senior Executive Service and last served as the Principal Director, Space and Intelligence to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, where he provided acquisition and technical oversight of a $90B space portfolio for the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, his notable achievements include restructuring space launch acquisitions to ensure a more competitive and commercially viable industry and overseeing the acquisition restructuring of the Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation to ensure future operating ability. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with degrees in engineering mechanics and material science, Beames also holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering (thermal design) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Early in his career, he was designated a National Academy of Engineering “Top 100 Young Engineers in the U.S.” and is a recipient of both the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Defense Superior Service Medal.