Senior Military Analyst
Phone: (401) 841-3023
Fax: (401) 841-6960
Stephen Burke, a retired Navy Commander, graduated from Southampton College of Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy through the Officer Candidate School in March 1983.
Upon completion of Surface Warfare Officers School, Commander Burke served as the Communications Officer and Damage Control Assistant onboard USS SAN DIEGO (AFS 6) from September 1983 to June 1986. During this tour he was deployed twice and participated in Operation URGENT FURY. Following his initial sea tour, Commander Burke was assigned as the First Lieutenant onboard USS SPHINX (ARL 24) for a one-year deployment off the coast of Central America in support of JCS special operations (Operation JITTERY PROP).
Commander Burke was then assigned as the Program Manager for General Officer Recruiting at Navy Recruiting District Boston from October 1986 to June 1990. During this tour, he was the General Officer Recruiter of the Year for the Northeast Region twice and runner up for the General Officer Recruiter of the Year nationally. CDR Burke earned twenty six gold wreath awards.
After completing Department Head School, Commander Burke was the Chief Engineer onboard USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) from January 1991 to October 1992. He participated in Operations DESERT STORM and SEA ANGEL. Following this tour he was assigned as the Chief Engineer onboard USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) from November 1992 to June 1994 were he was deployed to Western Pacific Ocean and the Arabian Gulf. Following these two sea tours, Commander Burke was an instructor at the Senior Officer Shipboard Material Readiness Course (SOSMRC) in Newport, RI from July 1994 to February 1996. He subsequently returned to USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) as Executive Officer from March 1996 to October 1997 deploying to the Arabian Gulf and participating in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH/VIGILANT SENTINEL.
Commander Burke’s next assignment was the Navy Liaison Officer for Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. During this six year tour, Commander Burke monitored over $19 billion in Navy amphibious ship construction and modernization programs directly supporting Marine Corps requirements. Commander Burke’s efforts help developed the Marine Corps shipbuilding requirements for the LPD-17 and LHA Replacement shipbuilding programs. Additional duties included work associated with the Quadrennial Defense Review, concept development at Marine Corps Combat Development Command and assisting in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process for the Marine Corps.
Commander Burke then served as the Executive Officer of Naval Station Newport from December 2003 to August 2008. During this tour, he was the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) coordinator for the installation and all tenant commands. As a result of the BRAC decision, student throughput increased 90 percent, and the installation gained five commands. Commander Burke managed the integration of those diverse populations and oversaw numerous installation renovations, construction, demolition, and beautification projects that totaled approximately $225 million over his tenure.
In September 2008, Commander Burke was assigned to United States Central Command in the J3 Directorate where he served as the Joint Operations Center Team Chief battle watch overseeing the daily operations throughout the Area of Responsibility which included Iraq, Afghanistan, and piracy activity off the coast of Africa. Commander Burke was the Crisis Action Center Team Chief during the M/V Maersk Alabama hijacking incident. Commander Burke’s current assignment is at the War Gaming Department, Naval War College as the Operations Officer and Game Developer. During this tour, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies degree from the Naval War College. Upon his retirement in 2011, Stephen Burke worked for Network and Simulation Technologies Incorporated as a contractor assigned to the War Gaming Department. He has worked on numerous war games as a game designer, developer, adjudicator, and analyst.
Over a 28 year naval career, Commander Burke’s was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.