Sean Burke is the program manager for the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262), headquartered in Patuxent River, Md. He assumed command in December 2014 and is responsible for the development, production, fielding and sustainment of all persistent maritime unmanned aircraft systems, including the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) and BAMS-demonstration program.
Burke received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Akron in Ohio before joining the Marine Corps. During his time in service, he flew AH-1W helicopters. He later served as an instructor at the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 and a staff officer for the 1st Marine Regiment.
In 1998, he joined NAVAIR's acquisition community and has since held multiple management positions including the Unmanned Carrier Launched Aerial Surveillance and Strike System, Joint Strike Fighter, EP-X, VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Replacement, X-45 Unmanned Combat Air System, GQM-163A Supersonic Sea Skimming Target Missile and other missile, rocket and ammunition programs.
Burke most recently served as PMA-262’s principal deputy program manager.