Charles Thomas (Tom) BurbageGlobaleyes Advisor

Areas of Expertise
  • Technical Management
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Defense Programs
  • Compliance Programs
Education
  • MBA, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • MAE, Aeronautical Systems, University of West Florida
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy

Tom Burbage retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in April 2013. He began his industry career with the then Lockheed Corporation in 1980 working a number of Navy programs, including the P-3 Orion and S-3 Viking. In December 1987, he was appointed Vice President for Washington Operations for all Lockheed Aeronautics programs. In 1992 he was named Vice President for Business Development and Product Support and in 1995 he became the Vice President and General Manager for the F-22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter Program. In 1999, he was named President of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta, Ga., and led the restructuring and downsizing of that company prior to the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics consolidation in January 2000. In November 2000, he was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, leading the Concept Demonstration Phase and Lockheed Martin’s competitive selection as the Prime Contractor in October of 2001. The F-35 is the first tri service, multinational program and is generally regarded as the largest program in the US Department of Defense. In this capacity, he led the integration of technical requirements for the nine nation partnership as well as the development of global industrial participation for the coalition nations.

Mr. Burbage has received numerous industry awards, including the 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 Engineers; the Silver Knight Award from the National Management Association; three Aviation Week Magazine Laurels Awards and the Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year for 2002. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was awarded the 2013 James H Doolittle Award by the Society for outstanding accomplishment in technical management and engineering achievement in aerospace technology. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in the United Kingdom. He was elected an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics this year in recognition of notable contributions to the arts, sciences and technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

 

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Mr. Burbage currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Terma North America and a member of the Board of Directors for AeroVironment, Inc. and XCOR Aerospace. He is a Trustee for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

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.

Mr. Burbage received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida and Business Administration from UCLA. Tom and his wife, Ellen, reside in Alpharetta, Ga., and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

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