News Release

February 9, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO, (703) 824-2015

VADM William R. Burke, USN (Ret.) Joins CNA's Board of Trustees

Arlington, VA CNA Board of Trustees Chair, Ambassador Rozanne L. Ridgway, announced that VADM William R. Burke, USN (Ret.) is joining the CNA Board.

"We’re extremely pleased to welcome Vice Admiral Burke to CNA," said Ambassador Ridgway. "His remarkable record of service and his understanding of our navy and military will prove invaluable to the board’s work and planning." 

VADM Burke, a native of Hornell, NY, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. He also holds an M.B.A. from Marymount University, an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.

Burke’s submarine assignments included: USS Lafayette (SSBN 616), USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Omaha (SSN 692), USS Cavalla (SSN 684), and command of USS Toledo (SSN 769). He also commanded Submarine Squadron Two from July 2001 to July 2003.

His Washington, DC, shore assignments included a tour in the Chief of Naval Operations’ Attack Submarine Division; Assistant Deputy for House Liaison in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Chief of Training, Doctrine, and Assessment; Assistant Deputy Director for Combating Terrorism (JCS J34); and, head of Warfighting Assessments Branch (N812) followed by a tour as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in September 2005, Burke’s flag assignments included: Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73/Commander Navy Region Singapore; Director, Assessment Division (N81/N00X); and the Director, Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR/N00X). He was promoted to Vice Admiral in April 2010 and served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4). His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9).

Burke wears the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). While onboard Cavalla, he received the Admiral Chick Clarey Award for the 1992 Outstanding Navy Officer Afloat from the Honolulu Council of the Navy League.

In 2013 Burke joined Carnival Corporation & PLC as Executive Vice President and Chief Maritime Officer where he heads the Maritime Policy Department.

"It’s an honor to have Vice Admiral Burke on our board," said CNA President and CEO Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D. "He brings the kind of experience and knowledge to our board that makes it unique and that allows us to deliver the insightful analysis that CNA is known for."

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and classrooms, and working side-by-side with a wide array of government decision-makers around the world. In addition to defense-related matters for the U.S. Department of the Navy, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


Elizabeth Cutler
Sr Communications Specialist

John Stimpson
Communications Associate