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Interesting talk. Also interesting is how deeply involved he was (is?) in the military industrial complex.He mentioned a "deal with the Russians" that stuck him. Did he ever explain this?
His plans to pursue a doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University were interrupted when he received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Graduating with honors in 1956, Chuck took his commission in the Air Force, where he reached the rank of Captain. Chuck joined the Missile Program and eventually became Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Missiles at Lowry Air Force Base.
In 1960 Chuck made the transition from the military to the private sector when he became a systems engineer with TRW Inc, a large aerospace firm.
During his time at TRW Inc Chuck had the opportunity to work with Systems Development Corporation based in Santa Monica, CA.
After his time at Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW Inc) Chuck went on to serve as a senior analyst with a non-profit think tank, STL (Space Technology Laboratories), where he conducted projects for the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. During that time, Chuck earned a master’s degree in engineering at UCLA, supplementing previous graduate work in applied mathematics, advanced statistics and information sciences.
In 1963 Chuck was recruited into senior management at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.