San Diego June 24, 2015 - Cubic Corporation today announced the appointment of retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. David Buss as vice president and deputy to the president of Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this new role reporting to Bill Toti, president of CGD, Buss will lead the business strategy for Cubic’s live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training for combined air, land and naval forces in addition to his duties as the deputy to Toti.
“As the former ‘Air Boss’ in charge of all naval aviation policies, programs and requirements, David brings a rare blend of skills and expertise to Cubic from his distinguished military service to his extensive knowledge of the industry and combat operations”
Buss joins Cubic with more than 36 years of service in the U.S. Navy, where he recently retired in the rank of vice admiral after serving more than two years as Commander, Naval Air Forces (the Navy’s “Air Boss”). Prior to his “Air Boss” responsibilities, Buss served as the deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia while simultaneously commanding Task Force 20. He also commanded Carrier Strike Group 12, USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. He also served twice on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff as well as serving 14 months in Baghdad, Iraq, as director, Strategy/Plans/Assessments.
“As the former ‘Air Boss’ in charge of all naval aviation policies, programs and requirements, David brings a rare blend of skills and expertise to Cubic from his distinguished military service to his extensive knowledge of the industry and combat operations,” said Bill Toti, president of Cubic Global Defense. “David’s high-level insight and advice will play an integral role in the growth strategy and vision of Cubic’s overall defense business.”
Buss graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in the venerable A-6 Intruder in 1979. Upon successful completion of various assignments in aircraft carrier-based squadron tours, he commanded Attack Squadron 34, also known as “the Blue Blasters,” from 1995 to 1996. The Blue Blasters were one of the Navy’s last A-6 squadrons. Buss also commanded USS Sacramento during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom following the terrorist attacks on September 11; he then commanded USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, from 2003 to 2006.
Buss is decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with “V” for valor in combat and the Bronze Star Medal, among other prestigious awards.