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Burton LaposkaBurton Laposka, Associate

Burton has over 34 years of program management, budget, and logistics support experience with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). He is currently supporting the U.S. Navy with his work on the OPNAV staff as a principal analyst for OPNAV N95 (Amphibious Warfare Support).

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, he had multiple staff assignments supporting NAVSEA and NAVAIR as a Combat System Element Specialist for Tomahawk and Harpoon Weapon Systems within the AEGIS Combat System and senior analyst in NAVSEA’s Battle Force Tactical Trainer (BFTT) Program Office. His in-depth program management support in the areas of system design/ship integration, configuration control, modernization, and planning/programming/budget/execution aided in the successful installation of combat and training systems aboard U.S. Navy Surface Combat and Amphibious Warfare ships.

As a senior analyst supporting NAVSEA’s Directed Energy and Electric Weapon Systems Program Office, his focus was in research and development aspects of advanced Directed Energy, Ultra Short Pulse (USP) Laser, High Power Radio Frequency (HPRF), and Laser Guided Energy (LGE) systems mature enough for transition to U.S Surface Combatants. He aided in the preparation of initial capability and requirements documents as well as the drafting of advocacy briefings to senior U.S. Navy leadership and Congress.

As a Lead Fire Control Technician, he was responsible for the operation and preventative/corrective maintenance on an underwater Fire Control System and support equipment aboard a U.S Navy submarine. As a collateral duty, he was the Ship’s Training Officer.

Burton received his BA with honors in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the University of South Florida.  As a Fire Control Technician, he successfully completed “A” and “C” technical schools. He has successfully completed the Navy Requirements Certification curriculum for level “B” certification.