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David (Butch) Ardis
Senior Leader (SL), DAF (Ret)

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David (Butch) Ardis

Summary Qualifications

Over 40 years of operational Air Force and systems engineering acquisition experience – over 10 years as consultant to industry, US government, and allied countries. Chief Avionics Architect for US Air Force. Established avionics systems architecture policy, processes, practices, and procedures for application in the acquisition of aeronautical weapon systems. Extensive systems engineering and management experience in areas ranging from intelligence to low observables to airborne avionics subsystems.

Key Specialties

  • Airborne Avionics Systems

  • Low Observables

  • Systems Engineering

  • Technical Engineering Management

  • Technical Program Management

Key Positions

  • Technical Advisor, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), Avionics Systems Architecture

  • Chief Avionics Systems Architect, US Air Force

  • Technical Director, ASC/EN, Avionics Engineering

  • Technical Advisor, ASC/EN, Defensive Avionics Systems Engineering


  • BS, Engineering Sciences, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)

  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)