Advisory Chair/Veteran, ​​Charles Sills & President of FED/Contracting, LLC

Mr. Charles Sills has a wide-ranging background in International Business, Strategic Planning, Advanced Technologies and Industrial Strategies in the Transportation, Energy, Aerospace/Defense and Environmental sectors.

He serves as the President of FED/Contracting, LLC, a consultancy that assists Small Businesses in partnering with Prime Contractors. He is a recognized advocate for diversity supplier access to govt. procurement opportunities, and facilitating Federal Mentor-Protégé partnerships. He serves as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Council, and the Veterans Entrepreneurial Task Force (VET-Force); and was recently appointed as Federal Contracting Advisor for the National Minority Trucking Association. He also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Partnerships for the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, mandated by the U.S. Congress, where he is leading an initiative to engage Veterans groups in the Commission’s international conflict resolution and regional stabilization programs.

He has extensive experience as a senior business executive and consultant to U.S. Governmental bodies as well as foreign governments, the World Bank, the United Nations and international NGOs. Mr. Sills served as a member of the Danube Basin Environmental & Industrial Restoration Task Force, and the Japan-U.S. Joint Fund for Central/Eastern Europe; and was a special advisor to the Helsinki Commission on the environmental clean-up of the Baltic Sea, the Kaliningrad Defense Conversion Initiative, and the Central Europe Environmental Partnership sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. As a member of Martin Marietta Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin’s) International Division, he wrote the company’s Strategic Marketing Plans for Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, for its defense and energy systems.

He is a former Naval Intelligence Officer who served in the Pentagon as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency/Worldwide Estimates Directorate, after serving in the Emirate of Bahrain on the U.S. Middle East Force Command staff, and in the Geopolitical Briefing and Analysis Division, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic/ Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

He holds an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), and an A.B., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.