US Army Corps of Engineers

Charles R. "Ray" Alexander, SES

Director for Contingency Operations

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Mr. Ray Alexander was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November 2014 and serves as the Chief, Interagency and International Services for the Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Alexander provides executive leadership in the development and management of all USACE enterprise strategic relationships and business initiatives in support of non-DoD federal agencies, state/local/territorial/ and tribal governments, foreign governments, private firms, and both national and international non-governmental organizations. He synchronizes and integrates all IIS activities across the enterprise to ensure USACE core capabilities in engineering, design, construction, water resources, infrastructure development, real estate, research and development, disaster readiness, and environmental management products and services provide a source for engineering solutions to partners and stakeholders to enable the achievement of their mission. Internationally, Mr. Alexander formulates plans and strategies to leverage capabilities to provide contingency planning and capabilities to support the war fighter and for the projection of soft power to build trust, security assistance and cooperation, capacity, and interoperability among US allies and partners, Combatant Commands, and Department of State Country Teams in support of national security and foreign policy objectives. To provide Interagency and Interagency Services, the USACE workforce of approximately 33,000 Civilians and Soldiers is dispersed across the country and in more than 91 foreign countries providing reimbursable engineering expertise throughout the world.


Nov 2013 – Nov 2014: Senior Director for Response Policy, National Security Council Staff, The White House, Washington DC

Oct 2011 – Nov 2013: Deputy Chief, Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC

Mar 2011 – Oct 2011: Deputy G3 (Plans, Training, Operations), Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC

May 2009 – Feb 2011: Senior Operations Manager, Kellogg Brown and Root, Arlington, VA

Dec 2007 – Dec 2008: Vice President of Business Operations, Cape Fox Professional Services, Manassas, VA

Jun 2007 – Dec 2007: Small Business Owner and Consultant, Richmond, VA

Mar 2006 – May 2007: Army Client Manager, CAPE Inc., Atlanta, GA

Jun 2002 – Jul 2005: Commander and District Engineer, Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington NC (Retired from active duty at the rank of Colonel following 28 ½ years)

May 1979 – Jun 2002: Various command and staff positions with the US Amy in the US (Virginia, Alabama, Washington DC, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, North Carolina) and overseas (Germany, Honduras, Kuwait)


  • Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1987
  • Bachelor Of Science, Business Administration and Economics, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 1979


  • Mini-MBA Certificate, University of Richmond
  • US Army War College
  • Joint and Combined Staff Officers Course, US Armed Forces Staff College
  • US Army Command and General Staff College


  • Silver and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, Army Engineer Association, 2005 and 1998
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine, conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, 2005
  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (Five Awards)


  • Society of American Military Engineers, Past Post-President
  • Army Engineer Association, Life Member
  • Association of the United States Army, Life Member
  • Military Officers Association of America, Life Member
  • US Army War College Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member


  • Alexander, Charles R. Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, USA. Desert Cat: Marne Sappers During Operation Desert Thunder. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Personal Experience Monograph, U.S. Army War College, June 1999.
  • Alexander, Charles R. Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, USA. Strategic Creep: From Power Projection Back To Forward Presence. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategy Research Project, U.S. Army War College, March 1999.
  • Alexander, Charles R. Jr., Major, USA, Lieutenant Commander Walt Kreitler USN, Major Dale Hayden USAF. Goldwater Nichols: Are Joint Officers Assignments Impacting Readiness?. Norfolk, VA: Research paper and Project, Armed Forces Staff College, December 1994.
  • Alexander, Charles R. Jr., Captain, USA and Lieutenant Colonel John I. Klaczkiewicz USA. Combat Heavy Engineer Operations in Honduras. Fort Rucker, AL: Article Submitted for Publication, The Military Engineer, June 1984.