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NCMBC and DEFTECH Welcomes Bob Burton to the Team

February 3, 2020 – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert “Bob” Burton as Senior Manager, North Carolina Defense Technology (DEFTECH) Transition Office.  DEFTECH is a component of the North Carolina Military Business Center.  The expansion of the DEFTECH office results from expanded funding for the NCMBC provided by the General Assembly and State leadership to grow the defense economy in North Carolina.   
“Bob’s experiences serving in the military within the Special Operations community and as a civilian mentor for ‘Hacking for Defense Lean Entrepreneurship’ will equip him to provide invaluable assistance to connect the North Carolina innovation ecosystem (business, university, community college, public/private partnerships, investors and North Carolina bases) with emerging and urgent technology requirements across the DoD and Homeland Security to provide optimum solutions for warfighters and law enforcement personnel,” said Denny Lewis, DEFTECH Executive Director.  
Mr. Burton will focus on growing the DEFTECH network of innovating businesses in North Carolina, and on providing more hands-on assistance to network members with information, insights and responses to DoD announcements and requirements for innovative technologies. 
Mr. Burton is a retired Special Forces SGM with over 30 years of special operations leadership starting from the 12-man SF Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA). He influenced, led, and drove strategic results through more than ten years of executive-level leadership to include 3-star general officer trusted advisor staff SGM for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Mr. Burton deployed extensively across CENTCOM, EUCOM, and PACOM areas of operation/responsibility (AO/AOR) in support of U.S. security and strategic objectives. Proven combat leadership refined through many engagements from the local village chief level through national military leadership levels and advised diplomatic efforts as well as military operations in sensitive security environments.
In addition to his military service, Mr. Burton’s experience includes Executive In Residence: Hacking for Defense (H4D) Lean Entrepreneurship for Special Operations at North Carolina State University. Mr. Burton Served as a military mentor for Hacking for Defense and synchronized submission of problem statements for USSOCOM Special Operations capability needs. He provided the connective link between the Special Operations Mentor network and North Carolina State University in support of operational objectives. Encouraged innovation and experimentation in the development of a minimum viable product to solve Special Operations capability needs.
Mr. Burton is originally from Branchport, NY. He received his Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. He enjoys spending time with his family and helping people to grow and to develop their potential. Mr. Burton is excited to keep his roots in the military community, defense, and security sectors in North Carolina. 
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