Dave’s career has included extensive experience in government, industry – both commercial and defense – as well as the military. Most recently he served for nearly ten years as CEO of the Defense Company of EADS North America and the Chief Operating Officer of what has subsequently become Airbus, North America.
Dave grew up in Indiana, graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served during the Cold War aboard submarines. He was initially assigned to the diesel submarine USS Trumpetfish (SS 425) in Charleston as Engineer Officer, and then aboard a series of nuclear submarines including the George Washington Carver (SSBN 656) commissioning crew in Norfolk, New London and Rota, Spain in various junior officer billets, the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) in New London as Engineer Officer, and as Executive Officer of the USS Haddo (SSN 604) on the east (Pascagoula) and west (San Diego) coasts. He then was the Commanding Officer of the USS Plunger (SSN 595) out of San Diego and Bremerton for four years including two year-long Western-Pacific patrols, before serving as the submarine personnel officer in Hawaii.
Dave then directed the Allied submarines against the Soviet Union as the Commander of Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka, Japan followed by duty as Chief of Staff of the Seventh Fleet. Following selection to the rank of admiral he became responsible for plans and policy in the Pentagon and then for training the attack submarines on the West Coast as Commander, Submarine Group Five in San Diego. He returned to the Pentagon to become responsible for the Navy Program (budget) during the four transition years following the Cold War. Finally he was the Principal Deputy, Acquisition, Research and Logistics before retiring in 1995.
After working as an executive at Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman, Dave was appointed by President Clinton as Principal Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Subsequently, after Dave left government and ran his own business for two years, President Bush appointed him as the Director of Management and Budget and special advisor for the Finance Minister for the Coalition Forces in Iraq.