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Mr. David M. Van Buren

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Corporate Senior Vice President, ...

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
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Local Address: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
L-3 Communications Corporation
600 Third Avenue 34Th Floor
New York , New York 10016
United States

Company Description: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (L-3) is a prime system contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance (AM&M), command, control, communications,...   more

Employment History

  • Service Acquisition Executive
    U.S. Air Force
  • Top Acquisition Executive
    U.S. Air Force
  • Top Weapon Buyer
    U.S. Air Force
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Senior Acquisition Executive
    Air Force
  • Service Acquisition Executive
    Air Force
  • Top Weapon Buyer
    Air Force
  • President of RF Components Unit
  • Vice President and B-2 Bomber Deputy Program Manager
  • President of Microelectronics Business Unit
  • Vice President and Deputy Program Manager for the B-2 Bomber
    Northrop Corporation
  • Position, Industry
    Northrop Corporation
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Head of Aerospace Solar Panel Maker


  • B.A. degree , Science
    University of Illinois
  • M.A. , Industrial Management
    Central Michigan University
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U.S. Air Force, Boeing Sign KC-X Contract | Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance, 6 Sept 2011 [cached]
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force's top acquisition executive, says that the contract with Boeing to develop the KC-46A aerial refueler has been signed, marking a major step in the Air Force's decade-long pursuit of a KC-135 replacement.
Boeing, which won the $3.5 billion contract after more than a year of competition since the Air Force released its KC-X request for proposals, declined to say whether work has begun. The Air Force on Feb. 24 announced that the company's 767-based KC-46A won over EADS North America's A330-based option (Aerospace DAILY, Feb. 25).
Van Buren declined to identify why Boeing won the deal, noting only that the company did undercut EADS in its price by more than 1%; the government adjusted the prices of the bids based on military construction needs, fuel burn and each aircraft's performance in an operational modeling tool.
Van Buren says that additional data on why Boeing won will not be released because it is proprietary.
The decision came after years of missteps by the Air Force, starting with a highly overpriced lease deal for Boeing, then the 2008 announcement of a Northrop Grumman/EADS win, which was later dashed after procurement missteps came to light in a Government Accountability Office review.
"I am very, very proud of the program office," Van Buren told an audience at a Credit Suisse conference March 1 in Arlington, Va. "I am very, very proud of Gen. Bogden," he added, referring to Brig. Gen. Christopher Bogden, the program executive officer overseeing the KC-X buy.
David Van Buren, the ... [cached]
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force's top weapon buyer, will step down at the end of March. U.S. Air Force | Top U.S. Air Force Weapon Buyer to Exit in March Top U.S. Air Force Weapon Buyer to Exit in March | Gannett Government Media | Continue Reading >
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force's top weapon buyer, will step down at the end of March. U.S. Air Force Top U.S. Air Force Weapon Buyer to Exit in March
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force's top weapon buyer, will step down at the end of March.
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force's top weapon buyer, will step down at the end of March. (U.S. Air Force) Filed Under World News Americas
U.S. Air Force acquisition executive David Van Buren will step down at the end of March and return to private industry.
Van Buren has served as the Air Force's top weapon buyer since April 2009.
"During his tenure, Dave has led the Air Force's Acquisition Improvement Plan, which resulted in the successful KC-46A tanker source selection, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter restructure, the Long-Range Strike family of systems, the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle new entrant strategy, Project Liberty, Space Acquisition Improvement, and many other acquisition program enhancements and cost effective improvements," Donley wrote in the Feb. 3 email.
In Donley's email, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called Van Buren "one of the most gifted and skilled acquisition executives the Defense Department has."
Prior to 2008, Van Buren spent more than 25 years working in the private sector, most notably as a deputy program manager on Northrop's B-2 stealth bomber program in the 1980s.
There was no mention of a replacement for Van Buren, who does not have a civilian deputy.
U.S. Air Force acquisition executive David Van Buren will step down at the end of March and return to private industry.
David M. Van Buren Joins ..., 17 Aug 2012 [cached]
David M. Van Buren Joins L-3
NEW YORK, Apr 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has named David M. Van Buren senior vice president of business strategy. In this newly created position, Mr. Van Buren will focus on the strategic execution of L-3's operating objectives, including technical initiatives and strengthening the company's position in an era of shifting defense and national security priorities.
"I am very pleased to welcome David to L-3 as a member of our senior leadership team," said Michael T. Strianese, L-3's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Brunson added, "David will work with our Groups to further collaborative efforts and strengthen our business in this challenging environment.
Mr. Van Buren has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience in government, large defense corporations, and small and medium aerospace and commercial high-technology firms. Most recently, he served as the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive. Prior to his work with the Air Force, Mr. Van Buren primarily served as an executive for numerous private equity-owned high-technology firms. He has also held leadership and program management positions at Raytheon, as well as the heritage companies of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
A graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in physical science, Mr. Van Buren also received a master's degree in industrial management from Central Michigan University. He served on active duty in the Air Force for nine years, finishing his career as a captain.
Citing the ongoing litigation, Secretary ..., 28 Feb 2012 [cached]
Citing the ongoing litigation, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley would only say that David Van Buren, the Air Force's senior acquisition executive, is not satisfied with the documentation supporting the award decision.
NovaSol, 24 Jan 2007 [cached]
David Van BurenChairman
Prior to joining the NOVASOL board as chairman, David spent over 20 years in industry including senior positions at Northrop as the Vice President and B-2 Bomber Deputy Program Manager; at Raytheon as the President of its RF Components unit, and at Lockheed.He also led, as CEO or President, four firms in the semiconductor, satellite, electronics and energy technology sectors.Prior to his industrial career, David spent nine years in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain in fighter operations, intelligence, and missile program management assignments.
David received his B.A. degree in Science from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University.He is also a graduate of executive programs at Stanford University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.David is a member of SASA, AIAA, AFA, AUSA, the Navy League, and numerous other professional organizations.
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