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Press release EADS North America Defense names Col. John Burke (U.S. Army, ret.) as Light Utility Helicopter Program Vice President
Arlington, Virginia, September 17, 2007 - John D. Burke (U.S. Army, colonel, ret.) has been appointed as EADS North America Defense's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Vice President and Program Manager. Burke brings significant program management and operational experience to oversee the engineering, production, delivery and support for the U.S. Army's UH-72A Lakota rotary wing aircraft.
Burke is located at EADS North America Defense's Huntsville, Alabama office, which he also will head as part of his executive duties.
EADS North America is the prime contractor responsible for providing 322 UH-72A Lakota aircraft with a program value in excess of $2 billion. The first 10 Lakotas are now in service for medical airlift support (MEDEVAC) and transportation operations.
"John Burke's hands-on experience will be extremely valuable as we build up the UH-72A Lakota's production and delivery pace," said David Oliver, President and CEO of EADS North America Defense. "To date, we have delivered all UH-72As on, or ahead, of schedule, and our company has put a priority on fulfilling our commitments to the U.S. Army and for this extremely important equipment modernization program."
Prior to joining EADS, Burke was Deputy Director of Army Aviation, and concurrently, Director of Army Unmanned Systems Integration in the Pentagon. In this capacity, he was strategically responsible for Army Aviation operations, systems, transformation, and unmanned aircraft systems. As the Unmanned Systems Director, Burke was the Army Headquarters subject matter expert for the Service's unmanned aircraft and unmanned ground systems.
Previously, Burke served as the Army's Project Manager for unmanned aerial vehicle systems - including the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Shadow), Small UAV (Raven), medium altitude/endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (Hunter, I-GNAT, Extended Range/Multi-Purpose System) and Future Combat Systems unmanned aerial vehicles.
His 18 years of program management experience includes the Fire Control Radar for Apache and Comanche helicopters; Radio Frequency Interferometer; Apache simulators and trainers; Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) systems; and the Army Data Management program. He held key leadership positions in the Army Acquisition Executive Office, Program Executive Office - Aviation, and the Army Corporate Information Officer/G6 Office in the Pentagon.
Burke is a graduate of the Air War College, and the Defense Systems Management College. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State, a Master of Science degree in Systems/Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the Air University, and post-graduate studies in Systems Engineering at George Mason University. He was awarded the Silver Order of Saint Michael by the Army Aviation Association.
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $10 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 190,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 12 operating companies located in 30 cities and 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.
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