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Monday - 10/24/2011, 6:29pm EDT
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Tom Burbage is the Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joint Strike Fighter Program Integration. He is responsible for ensuring that all requirements are fulfilled for the F-35 U.S. and International customers and our industrial partners around the world. He was the Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joint Strike Fighter from August of 2000 until assuming his current assignment in November 2004.
Mr. Burbage joined Lockheed Martin in 1980 in the Business Development branch and later became manager of Business Development for U.S. Government Programs at the Lockheed California Company operations in Burbank, California. In December 1987, he was appointed Vice President for Washington operations and coordinated the company's relationships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress, as well as the embassies of foreign governments. He moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1990 as Vice President for Business Development and Product Support at Aeronautical Systems. During his tenure, LM Aero launched several new initiatives including C-130J, C-27J, C-5 Modernization Programs. Mr. Burbage was named Vice President and General Manager for Navy Programs in 1994.
In 1995 he assumed the duties of Vice President and General Manager, F-22 and led the F-22 Program through first flight and initial flight test. In 1999 he was named President, LM Aeronautical Systems Company, Marietta, Georgia and led the restructuring of that company and consolidation into the newly formed LM Aero, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Burbage has received numerous industry awards, including the inaugural U.S. Naval Academy/Harvard Business Review 2007 Award for Ethical Leadership named after Admiral James B. Stockdale, 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 Laurel Awards, and the Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year for 2002, presented at the Singapore Air Show. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
From 1969 to 1980, Mr. Burbage served on active duty in the United States Navy. He completed the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1975 and has accumulated more than 3,000 hours in 38 different types of military aircraft. On Oct. 31, 1994, he retired from the Navy Reserves as a captain. Mr. Burbage was born on September 6, 1947, in San Diego, California. In 1969, he received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has Masters' degrees in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida and Business Administration from UCLA. Tom and his wife Ellen reside in Alpharetta, Georgia; have three daughters and five grandsons.