Stephen J. (Steve) Kuffner
Senior Vice President of Operations
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Steve Kuffner currently serves as Teledyne Brown Engineering’s Senior Vice President of Operations. In this capacity, he is responsible to the President for oversight of the program management of all major programs in the segment, improving operational excellence across the segment, and the development and capture of new business. In addition, Kuffner has leadership and operational responsibility for the Mission Systems group.
He joined Teledyne Brown in January 2000, where he assisted in forming Teledyne Solutions, Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Teledyne Brown. Upon formation of TSI in April 2000, Kuffner was named Vice President of TSI, and in 2002 he was promoted to President of TSI. In 2008, he was also designated President of Teledyne CollaborX, Inc. (TCX) and charged with integrating Teledyne’s Government Engineering Services support. In 2011, TSI and TCX were merged into Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. Following the merger, Kuffner was named to his current position.
At TSI, Kuffner provided leadership for a staff of about 230 engineers, scientists, and related personnel engaged in supporting Department of Defense programs. He led TSI’s strategic planning and was highly active in developing an expanding business base. He supervised managers in the execution of contracts involving systems engineering, integration, program management, and technical support, and he interfaced with senior officials in providing support services.
Kuffner was a Career Officer in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1999, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He was with the Patriot Project Office from 1991 to 1999, first as the Assistant Project Manager where, among other duties, he led a team of experts in analyzing the performance of Patriot against the Iraqi Scud missile during Desert Storm. For the last four years, he was the Project Manager, having responsibility for a $4B improvement program. He directed the activities of 170 employees, implemented cost savings of $750M over the weapon life cycle, completed transitioning the PAC-3 missile into low-rate production, and provided technical oversight of a Foreign Military Sales program involving seven nations.
From 1989 to 1991, Kuffner served as a Hawk Air Defense Battalion Commander, responsible for the training, logistics readiness and maintenance, administration, and combat operations. He provided leadership of a 600-person organization, accountability for $250M in equipment, and execution of a $5M O&M budget.
With the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command from 1987 to 1989, Kuffner served as the principal assistant to the ERIS Program Manager, responsible for program plans leading to deployment of the ground-based interceptor for the National Missile Defense.
Kuffner received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, and an M.A. degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He also graduated from the Command and General Staff Course, the Program Management Course, the Executive Program Management Course, and the Senior Service College.
He is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and a Certified Army Acquisition Professional. From the Army, he received the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and the Legion of Merit (two awards).