Mr. David M. Van Buren is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management, Washington, D.C. He is the senior civilian assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. His duties include providing expert advice and guidance on Air Force program acquisitions and procurements. Mr. Van Buren is responsible for development and execution of policies and procedures in support of the operation and improvement of the Air Force's acquisition system. He is responsible for research and development, test, production and modernization of Air Force programs in excess of $30 billion annually.
Mr. Van Buren has over 30 years of acquisition experience in the Air Force, large Defense corporations, and private equity owned small and medium Aerospace and Commercial high technology firms. These technology areas include Hyperspectral Imaging, Laser Communications, Alternative Power Sources, Avionics, High Speed Processing, Compound Semi-conductors, and Satellite Power Systems. In 1996, he was appointed by the Governor of California to the Defense Base Conversion Council, and in 2005, he was also a member of the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment (DAPA) Study Senior Review Team as it's only small business representative.
Before entering public service, and for the past 15 years, Mr. Van Buren primarily worked as an executive for numerous private equity owned high technology firms, many of which were sold in the defense industry/high technology consolidation. He also directed Raytheon's compound semi-conductor activity until it's commercial business was divested. At TECSTAR, Mr. Van Buren successfully transitioned a small business to being named one of the top 50 Space manufacturers in the world by Space News. During his tenure, revenues increased by 900% and in 1998 the company was named as one of the Fastest Growing Firms in the country by Deloitte and Touche.
Prior to that period, Mr. Van Buren was Vice President and Deputy Program Manager for the B-2 Bomber at Northrop Corporation. He was involved in the transition to production, flight test, first flight and day-to-day program management activities. Before his promotion to Deputy Program Manager, his engineering organization was responsible for the weapons integration on the B-2 aircraft, and for supporting other platforms such as the YF-23, TSSAM, and other classified platforms.
At Lockheed, Mr. Van Buren was a project manager on several classified airborne platforms, including the F-117A, and satellite platforms. Prior to his tenure at Lockheed, he served on active duty in the Air Force for nine years, including two tours in Southeast Asia, ending his career as a Captain. His last Air Force assignment was as Program Manager in the Sidewinder (AIM9) Program Office.
1971 Bachelor's degree in physical science, University of Illinois.
1975 Master's degree in industrial management, Central Michigan University.
1977 Education with Industry, Air Force Institute of Technology.
1987 Executive Program, Stanford University.
1. 1971-1981, Air Force Officer.
2. 1981-1983, Project Manager, Classified Programs, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, CA.
3. 1983-1987, Engineering Manager and Deputy Program Manager, B-2 Bomber, Northrop Corporation, Pico Rivera, CA.
4. 1987-1992, Vice President and Deputy Program Manager, B-2 Bomber, Northrop Corporation, Pico Rivera, CA.
5. 1992-2000, President and Chief Executive Officer, TECSTAR Corporation, City of Industry, CA.
6. 2000-2001, President, Raytheon Microelectronics, Commercial Electronics Group, Andover, Massachusetts.
7. 2001-2004, Consultant and Chief Executive Officer for several private equity firms, Sudbury, Massachusetts and Blackhawk, CA
8. 2004-2007, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Novasol Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii.
9. 2008-Present, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management, Washington, D.C.