Rear Admiral Charles Goddard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. He also holds a Masters of Science in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Goddard achieved Surface Warfare Qualification in USS Robert E. Perry (FF 1073) where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer.
He became an Engineering Duty Officer in 1981. His engineering duty officer tours include: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as Ship Superintendent, 1981-1982; Long Beach Naval Shipyard as Ship Superintendent and Type Desk Officer, 1986-1989; David Taylor Research Center as System Engineer for the Advanced Surface Machinery Program, 1989-1992; Naval Sea Systems Command as Surface Stealth Project Officer, 1992-1995, Supervisor of Shipbuilding San Diego as New Construction Officer, 1995-1998; Naval Sea Systems Command as Director of Ship Research and Development, 1998; and as Strategic Sealift Deputy Program Manager (PMS 385), 1999. Goddard served as a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow on the Strategic Studies Group from 1999-2000, Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command from 2000-2001; DD(X) Program Manager, 2001-2005; and as Vice Chief, Naval Sea System Command from 2005 to 2007. He assumed his present duties in February 2007. He is a member the Acquisition Professional Community and a graduate of the Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Systems Management College.
Goddard’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and Navy Commendation Medal (two awards). He is the author of several articles on the topic of ship design and construction, and recipient of the American society of Naval Engineers Gold Medal Award for his contributions to ship design and engineering.