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 Expert  728371

Expert in Ordnance Engineering and Fuzing Systems

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Arizona (AZ)
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Expert has been responsible for the failure analysis of electronic components and electronic subsystems used in harsh (military) environments. He has managed changes from Change Proposal through Change Validation and into Change Incorporation in a wide variety of electronic systems, including software. Expert has extensively studied the principles of Concurrent Engineering and applied said principles to a wide variety of projects. He is thoroughly familiar with the engineering development process having been responsible for a wide variety of electronic system developments beginning in Exploratory Development and transitioning through Advanced Development, Engineering Development and Pilot Production. Expert has been a member of several electronic failure analysis teams tasked with determining both cause of failure and corrective actions. He has been responsible for the design and project management of a multitude of electronic systems. Expert has both developed and critiqued product specifications including Operating and Test Requirements. He has been a member of RISK management teams. Chuck, under the aegis of Expert Ordnance Engineering, has created and managed self-directed work teams. Expert has both generated and critiqued Value Engineering Change Proposals.

aerospace electronic component failure analysis


change management


concurrent engineering


development process


electronic equipment failure analysis


electronic system


electronic system design


electronic system program management






engineering change control


engineering cost


engineering economics


engineering management


engineering project management


engineering specification


integrated product team




proposal writing


research and development management


risk management


self-directed work team


value engineering


value improving practice

As the Senior Hardware Engineer in the Navy TechRep office located at Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ, Expert managed all Engineering Change Proposals on SM2. He established a new and improved Engineering Change Management process on Standard Missile-2 (SM2). He formed a Six Sigma team that led to adoption of this new process. He discovered flaws in ATE test procedures that led to high rejection rates of SM2 IIIB IR sensors. Expert performed design and statistical analyses on a broad spectrum of hardware issues. He led the Navy effort to rapidly implement a significant system upgrade to the III-B missile. This upgrade was achieved in a remarkably short time frame and was highly successful. He worked closely with Raytheon engineers to improve the design of a Canard Deployment System on ERGM (Extended Range Guided Munition). He developed Failure Mode And Corrective Action (FRACAS) guidelines. At Raytheon Missile Systems, Expert performed detailed design analyses on weapon sub-systems. Once such analysis revealed potential flaws in the Excalibur Spin Sensing System. He discovered significant Engineering Change anomalies on Excalibur that led to flawed change implementations. He led the conceptualization effort for the Medium Range Munition fuzing system. He led the development of a two part fuzing system for the Archer Missile. This fuzing system was highly successful in field trials and was successfully deployed. He performed a detailed design analysis and wrote a detailed Theory of Operation for the fuzing system.

In his present work, Expert has performed a detailed design analysis on a hybrid rocket motor firing device . His analysis several design weaknesses. He proposed simpler, more robust alternatives. His critique led to a total redesign. He has also performed a detailed design analysis on a high voltage missile rocket motor initiation system. He recommended design simplifications that were adopted. Similarly, he has performed a detailed design analysis on a high voltage missile rocket motor initiation system. He identified design flaws that led to design modifications.


design engineering




ordnance fuse


ordnance system


weapons system


weapons system design

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tucson, Arizona;  Chandler, Arizona;  and Gilbert, Arizona.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1959   BS   Physics   Holy Cross College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to 2011


Expert Ordnance Engineering, LLC





He is the owner of and chief engineer of Expert Ordnance Engineering, LLC.

2007 to 2008


Raytheon Missile Systems




Senior Multidiscipline Engineer


He developed fuzing solutions for a variety of weapons systems.

2000 to 2007


Department of the Navy


Navy TechRep Office Tucson Arizona


Senior Hardware Engineer


He was responsible for all hardware issues (design, development, production, test, field) related to the missile and projectile systems under TechRep cognizance.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has three patents

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1987 to 2007   Dept of the Navy   Senio Hardware Engineer   He led the development of fuzing and target detection devices for a broad spectrum of weapons including bombs, missiles, rockets, projectiles and mines.
2008 to 2011   Dept of the Army   Senior Hardware Engineer and Analyst   He generated technical design concepts. He performed Failure Analysis. He performed Design Analysis. He wrote and critiqued Detailed Performance Specifications.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has provided consulting services to Special Devices Incorporated and Tanner.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Ammunition engineering expert for consulting on Assistance in application of new penetration sensor to armor piercing ammunition.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Hawthorn Army Base Accident.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
Aerospace and Defense

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Six sigma seminars

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Significant expertise in component, sub-system and system selection as well as source evaluation and selection.

Other Skills and Services

Six Sigma, Microsoft Office, Visual Basic, TINAPro Schematic Capture


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