Chief Executive Officer at SE&M Solutions
Charles (Charlie) Sowell is the Chief Executive Officer at SE&M Solutions in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania. SE&M provides personnel security and insider threat professional services to
federal and commercial clients.
Charlie has 22 years in industry from the intelligence analyst to CEO level in small, medium and
large businesses. He served in the federal government as the Deputy Assistant Director for
Special Security and Program Executive for Security Clearance Reform at the Office of the
Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He established and led the DNI’s Security Executive
Agent national policy and oversight office responsible for the $5B+ USG security clearance
enterprise. He also served as Senior Advisor to the DNI for Personnel Security issues. He was
appointed as a Senior National Intelligence Service (SNIS) officer in 2008.
Charlie retired from the Navy as a Commander in 2015 following 27 years of active duty and
reserve assignments as a Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Operations Officer,
Intelligence Officer, NCIS Agent and Intelligence Specialist (enlisted). He received his Bachelor of
Arts in International Studies with Honors from Old Dominion University and his Master of
Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now National
Intelligence University). He completed the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Executive Program “Leading the IC” in 2012.
Charlie has been a guest commentator on Fox Business News, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi show, WTOP
Federal News Radio, the Washington Post, New York Times, Defense News, ClearanceJobs and
other publications, providing background on national security issues.