Robert S. Rangel

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs


Mr. Robert Rangel is senior vice president, Lockheed Martin Government Affairs. In this position, he directs the corporation’s liaison with Congress, leads marketing activities with the Pentagon and manages federal, state and local government customer relationships.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Rangel served as vice president, Programs & Global Security Policy. In this role, Mr. Rangel worked in conjunction with mission area leaders to develop and coordinate the overall corporate strategy to keep programs sold and capture new business for major programs and policies across Lockheed Martin. He also supported Lockheed Martin’s business areas by providing advice and guidance on U.S. government foreign policy and national security priorities, to include their impact on Lockheed Martin pursuits and objectives in the international market. Mr. Rangel also managed Lockheed Martin’s strategic relationships with key domestic and international think tanks.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Rangel served as the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense from June 2005 to June 2011, for two Secretaries of Defense during two administrations. In this position, equivalent to a civilian agency Chief of Staff, Mr. Rangel advised the Secretary of Defense and ensured execution on all matters pertaining to Department of Defense operations, defense policy, strategy, budget, programs, personnel and organizational issues. In 2010, Mr. Rangel chaired the Secretary of Defense Efficiencies Task Force which developed and implemented recommendations to eliminate $50 billion in defense overhead and duplicative programs.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Rangel served on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee for over 18 years in a variety of positions. He was appointed Staff Director in March 2000 and served three different committee chairmen in this capacity. He was responsible for the formulation, passage and enactment of annual national defense authorization legislation and direction of all committee oversight and legislative operations. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Staff Director starting in January 1995.

Mr. Rangel is currently the co-chairman of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Next Generation National Security Fellows program, a leadership program dedicated to promoting diversity in the field and developing future national security leaders.

Mr. Rangel graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.