Executive Advisor

Charles “Tom” Burbage

33 year career in military aerospace with the Lockheed Martin Corporation beginning in 1980

  • From 2000 until his retirement in 2013, Mr. Burbage was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the F- 35 Joint Strike Fighter Program
    • Led the Concept Demonstration Phase and competitive selection as the Prime Contractor in October of 2001
    • Led the integration of technical requirements for the nine - nation partnership
    • F-35 is the first tri-service, multinational program - largest program in the US Department of Defense
  • From 1990, President of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company - led the restructuring and downsizing of that company prior to the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics consolidation in January 2000
  • In 1995 became Vice President and General Manager for the F -22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter Program
  • In 1992 became Vice President for Business Development and Product Support
  • In 1987 became Vice President for Washington Operations for all Lockheed Aeronautics programs
  • In 1987 became Vice President for Washington Operations for all Lockheed Aeronautics programs
  • Mr. Burbage has received numerous industry awards
    • 2013 James H Doolittle Award by the Society for outstanding accomplishment in technical management and engineering achievement in aerospace technology
    • Inaugural U.S. Naval Academy/Harvard Business Review Award for Ethical Leadership in 2007
    • The 2006 Society of Automotive Engineers Leadership in Aerospace Award
    • The Donald C. Burnham Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineer
    • Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year for 2002
  • Prior to joining Lockheed, Mr. Burbage was a Naval Aviator, completing the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1975. He has accumulated more than 3,000 hours in 38 different types of military aircraft. As a reservist, he flew the A7 Corsair and retired as a Navy Captain in 1994.
  • BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, MS in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida, and MBA from UCLA.