Charles Thomas Burbage

Principal

  • VP WASHINGTON OPERATIONS, LOCKHEED
    VP AND GENERAL MANAGER F-22 AND F-35 PROGRAMS, LOCKHEED MARTIN
    PRESIDENT, LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS
    U.S. Navy (retired)

Tom Burbage is founder of Burbage Global Consulting, LLC, an international defense consulting firm. Mr. Burbage retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in April 2013 after serving as Vice President for Washington Operations, Vice President and General Manager for the F-22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter Program and President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Georgia.

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 U.S. 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 nine participating nations.

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 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 was elected an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in recognition of notable contributions to the arts, sciences and technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

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.