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QinetiQ Names DHS Vet Richard Burke Strategic Programs Head; John Sutton Comments

Richard Burke
Richard Burke (pictured right)

QinetiQ North America has appointed eight-year Department of Homeland Security veteran Richard Burke director of strategic programs in the mission and information solutions business unit.

The company said Burke will be responsible for aligning the company’s portfolio in the cyber intelligence, agile software development, big data and mobility with homeland and national security customers’ missions.

John Sutton, executive vice president and general manager of the mission and information solutions business unit, said Burke brings experience in planning strategy and operations, managing crises and policy to QNA.

John Sutton
John Sutton

At DHS, Burke most recently served as director of the plans division within the office of operations coordination and planning.

In that position, Burke led the effort to build department and interagency operations plans across DHS such as a counterterrorism plan and plans surrounding the Sept. 11 anniversary.

He also helped develop and implement a national terrorism advisory system.

Before joining DHS, Burke served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a judge advocate and logistics officer, including service in Afghanistan.

He has also worked as a trial attorney in private practice.

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