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Douglas Burton
Senior Lecturer
MS, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 1993

Douglas Burton, Senior Lecturer, earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy (1985), an M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School (1993) and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2001). During 33 years of service in the United States Navy, Doug was designated as a Naval Aviator (1986), then Aircraft Commander for Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) SH-2F (Sea Sprite) and SH-60B (Sea Hawk) helicopters operating from Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers. His deployments included Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Commander Burton retired from the U.S. Navy on 1 June 2013, after serving in assignments that included LAMPS Officer in Charge, LAMPS Squadron Maintenance Officer, Force Structure Analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations (N81), Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Chicago, Director of Coalition Campaign Analysis for U.S. Fifth Fleet, Lead Analyst for U.S. Second Marine Division Forward (Anbar Province, Iraq), Military Associate Professor of Operations Research, and Chair of Applied Systems Analysis at Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a Bronze Star from the U.S. Marine Corps for exceptionally meritorious service as a combat analyst (2007), 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals and many service and campaign awards.  Doug’s research interest is centered on applied Decision Science that includes Probability, Statistics, Optimization, Risk Management, and Simulation. After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Doug joined Sabre Global as a Senior Principal, Operations Research and subsequently joined the Defense Resources and Management Team in January 2017.