Mr. Charles Coutteau was appointed the (Acting) Executive Director for TARDEC's Research, Technology and Integration (RTI) business group in January, 2017. In this new role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of Ground Vehicle related Science and Technology (S&T) product/programs as well as service teams engaged in research, development and engineering (RD&E). Mr. Coutteau's span of responsibility includes the mentorship and management of more than 500 personnel across the RTI enterprise comprised of Power, Mobility, Survivability, Vehicle Electronics Architecture, Intelligent Systems, Ground Vehicle Robotics, Software Engineering and the Special Projects Office (SPO).
Previously, Mr. Coutteau served as the Deputy Executive Director (DxD) for TARDEC's Research, Technology and Integration group. As the DxD for RTI, he received delegated authority from the TARDEC Director and Executive Director, Technology Development, for leadership, oversight, mentoring and management of product and/or service teams engaged in RD&E and was responsible for all engineering work executed by Government employees and by contract services. He provided executive direction, technical leadership, management and coordination of all facets and functions of major technical programs, including strategic planning and conceptualizing, synthesis, integration and assimilation of a wide range of technical, financial, human resources, programmatic and business operational programs and requirements. In his role as the DxD, RTI, Mr. Coutteau was involved with strategic planning that culminated in both recommendations and solutions that addressed strategic matters associated with new components, subsystems, technology for insertion in current systems and provides systems engineering solutions to production and fielded vehicles.
Mr. Coutteau is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army. He has served in the Armor and Aviation branches and in a variety of leadership roles, culminating as the Program Manager, Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team. He has also earned a Master's of Science degree in Defense Systems Analysis and Acquisition from the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey, California), a Master's of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Master's of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.