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Charles M. Adams


adams-charlesCharles M. Adams has grown Adams Community & Engineering Technology from a single employee in 1999 to 450-plus employees today.

ACET now serves federal agencies throughout the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The company, with offices at Aberdeen Proving Ground, in California, Maryland, and Reston, Virginia, provides a variety of integrated products and solutions that address emerging global security challenges in cybersecurity, health IT, intelligence, enterprise network operations and unmanned systems.

Adams began his career as a senior signals intelligence analyst at the U.S. Army Field Station Berlin in Germany.

In 1987, he relocated to the Washington, D.C., area and began working with TRW as a software engineer assigned to the Naval Space Command Center. He later worked for Lockheed Martin (formerly GE Aerospace) and BAE Systems and between 1997 and 1999 held the position of director with CTX, now a division of ManTech International.

Adams says he’s proud of his company’s rapid growth.

“Over the past four years, ACET has experienced exponential growth,” Adams said. “Over 300% annualized revenue and staff growth and expansion can be directly contributed to our employees’ inquisitive intelligence and their sincere passion for what they do. People who excelled in their studies, and now excel in practice.”

Adams holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in music education from West Chester University.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.