Robert Natter | BAE Systems | United States

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Board Profile

Robert J. Natter

Former Commander of Fleet Forces Command and Atlantic Command
Admiral Robert J. Natter (U.S. Navy-Ret.)  serves on the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.  

Admiral Natter is President of R.J. Natter & Associates, LLC, a nationwide consulting and advocacy firm specializing in corporate and defense strategy. Clients include the State of Florida Governor's Office, McDonalds Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, Varnado Realty Trust, as well as other U.S. and international companies. Natter serves on the Board of Directors of BAE Systems North America, McDonalds USA Advisory Board, and is Chairman of the United States Naval Academy's Distinguished Graduate Selection Committee.

In 2003, Admiral Natter completed a distinguished 41-year Navy career as Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the first Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the first Commander of all U.S. Navy and Coast Guard homeland defense forces under the newly created Northern Command, and the Commander-in-Chief of the NATO Western Atlantic Command. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve at age 17. Following one year enlisted service and graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Natter eventually rose to Four-Star Admiral, the highest rank in the U.S. military.

Admiral Natter's commands at sea included Officer-in-Charge of a Naval Special Warfare detachment in Vietnam; various ship Commands; and command of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Asia. His shore assignments included Assistant to the Director of Naval Warfare; staff member for the House Armed Services Committee (100th Congress); Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Assistant to the Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Desert Storm; Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Navy; Director for Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control; and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations.

Admiral Natter assumed duties as Commander-in-Chief (CINC) U.S. Atlantic Fleet on June 23, 2000, where he was responsible for providing fully trained, combat ready forces to the United States and NATO worldwide. The Atlantic Fleet consists of over 160,000 Sailors and Marines, 162 ships and 1,200 aircraft, as well as 18 major shore stations providing training, maintenance and logistics support. Among his first responsibilities as CINC U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Admiral Natter assumed investigative review of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole by AI-Qaeda terrorists.

On September 11, 2001, while the World Trade Center Towers were under terrorist attack, Admiral Natter immediately deployed fighter aircraft and ships off New York City and the U.S. East Seaboard, in response to a dire request from New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Admiral Natter's military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, four awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, and the Purple Heart among others.

His personal honors include the 1998 Order of the Rising Sun Medal by the Emperor of Japan; the 1998 Order of National Security Medal from the President of the Republic of Korea; the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the 2003 Ted Williams Military Achievement Award, and the 2004 Distinguished Sea Service Leader of the Year by the Naval Order of the United States. Natter has earned Masters degrees in Business Management and International Relations, and is the fifth recipient of the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.