//Butch Ardis, Senior Leader, DAF (Ret)
Butch Ardis, Senior Leader, DAF (Ret)

Project Description

Butch Ardis

Key Specialties

  • Avionics Systems Architecture Policy & Processes

  • Systems Engineering

  • Technical Engineering Management

  • Technical Organization Development

  • Executive Independent Technical Reviews (EIRTs)

Butch Ardis

Senior Leader, Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Mr. Butch Ardis has over 40 years of operational US Air Force (USAF) and systems engineering acquisition experience, including over 10 years as a consultant to industry, US Government, and allied countries. As the former chief avionics architect for the USAF, he established avionics systems architecture policy, processes, practices, and procedures for application in the acquisition of aeronautical weapon systems. He has extensive systems engineering and management experience in areas ranging from intelligence to low observables (LO) to airborne avionics subsystems.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Developed and executed the USAF’s Combat Avionics Initiative.
  • Directed numerous executive independent review teams (EIRTs), recommending management/technical solutions to correct problems and successfully completing programs. Systems included: B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-117, F-35, C-5, C-17, and C-130, as well as many weapons and avionics subsystems.
  • Led the development of organic electronic warfare (EW) effectiveness and weapon system survivability analysis capability and the definition and acquisition of an electronic technical information system that captures technical and process information at all classification levels.

Key Positions

  • Technical Advisor, Avionics Systems Architecture, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) (now AFLCMC)
  • Chief Avionics Systems Architect, USAF
  • Technical Director, Avionics, ASC/EN (now AFLCMC/EN)
  • Technical Advisor, Defensive Avionics Systems Engineering, ASC/EN


  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • BS, Engineering Sciences, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)