Seminar - 02272013

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Vision for the USMC Expeditionary Energy Office

February 27, 2013
ME Auditorium

Col. Bob "Brutus" Charette, Jr.

Expeditionary Energy Office
United States Marine Corps 


The Expeditionary Energy Office is involved in identifying technologies to enable expeditionary forces to survive in some of the most remote and hostile regions of the world, while powering some of the most sophisticated weapons systems ever used on the battle field. Work is underway to identify energy conversion and storage technologies to enable our warfighters in these desolate areas to generate electrical energy from readily available sources, including solar, wind, and waste heat. Of course, energy is also required for local water purification. These topics will be discussed.


Colonel Bob “Brutus” Charette Jr. is the Director of the USMC Expeditionary Energy Office (2009-Present). In this assignment, he has been tasked with analyzing, developing and directing the USMC Energy Strategy.

He has a BS in Chemistry from Delaware Valley College (1986), MBA from the University of Phoenix (2002), and a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2007). A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Col. Charette enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1985 and attended boot camp at Parris Island, SC.

His service includes: Joint Chief of Staff Working Group, USMC Representative (2009); Joint Staff J8, Chief Joint Requirements Oversight Council Secretariat (2007-2009); Marine Aircraft Group-11 Operations Officer (2005-2006); two deployments aboard the USS Carl Vinson with Carrier Air Wing 9 (2003-2005) and one aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt with Carrier Air Wing 8 (1995); Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq (2005); VMFA-314 Executive Officer (2002-2003), VMFA-323 Commanding Officer (2003-2005), Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2001-2002); Task Force-58 Air Officer (2001-2002); I Marine Expeditionary Force G-5 CENTCOM Planner (2001); Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 FA-18 Instructor, Director of Safety and Standardization, and Tactical Aircraft Department Head (1997-2000); Unit Deployment Program, Western Pacific (1992-1996); VMFA-451 Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer (1995-1997); VMFA-312 Admin Officer and Pilot Training Officer (1993-1995), three deployments 3d Battalion/3d Marines Air Officer and Operations Officer (1993), VMFA-235 Embarkation and Pilot Training Officer (1989-1993).

He then attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA and was commissioned August 1986. He participated directly combat operations  during Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait/Iraq (1991), Operation Southern Watch, Iraq (1995), Operation Deliberate Force, Bosnia (1995). Decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Air Medal with combat distinguishing device, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award numeral six, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device and two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and seven Sea Service Deployment ribbons. He has earned “Top Ten” honors with Carrier Air Wing 8 and Carrier Air Wing 9. Col Charette was awarded the 1996 “Alfred A. Cunningham Award” for being selected as the Marine Corps’ Aviator of the Year. Other relevant background includes: The Basic School (1986), Naval Fight Training (1988), FA-18 Flight Training (1989), Navy Fighter Weapons School (1991), Tactical Air Control Party School (1993), Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (1994), and Aviation Safety Officers course (1998), Army Command and General Staff College (2000- 2001), Marine Corps Commanders course (2004), and the National War College (2007).


Dr. Daniel A. Nussbaum
Naval Postgraduate School 
Principal, Energy Academic Group
Monterey CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2387
Mobile: 831-324-3228

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