Program Manager for National Security Programs
Charles Benard is the Manager, Continuity Programs, Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response. Mr. Benard was born in Germany to a military family and attended International and Defense Department schools before graduating from Munich American High School. He attended the University of Munich and received his Masters Degree in Political Science (European equivalent) from the University of Vienna. He is fluent in German.
He began his professional career as the Director of Civil Rights for a Department of Defense agency before joining the Department of Transportation in a similar capacity. He later was the Assistant Manager for National Security Programs before transferring to the Federal Aviation Administration as the Continuity Program Manager. He is currently the Program Manager for National Continuity Programs for the Department.
He is married to Col. Elizabeth Austin-Benard, USMC and they reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland.