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DR. ROBERT L. BUHRKUHL

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Dr. Robert L. Buhrkuhl, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Center for Financial Management, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He also serves as USSOCOM's Chief Financial Officer. He is the principal financial adviser to the USSOCOM Commander and is the command's chief spokesperson for Major Force Program-11 budget and execution issues with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Management and Budget, congressional staffs, and committees. 

Dr. Buhrkuhl's federal career began in 1980 as a budget analyst at the Army Troop Support Command. He is a Level III Certified Acquisition Professional in Business Financial Management and Program Management. He is the author/co-author of seven publications and was also directly involved in launching the Comanche Program Management Office, the Special Operations Aviation PMO, the Combat Support Aviation Program Executive Office, and the Comanche Business Office at Texas Instruments, Inc.

In 2002, Dr. Buhrkuhl was selected to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as the Deputy Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis Directorate, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Dr. Buhrkuhl provided ongoing leadership and management oversight of 82 Major Defense Acquisition Programs and pre-MDAPs from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and USSOCOM whose total acquisition funding exceeds $1,117 trillion. In 2004, Dr. Buhrkuhl was selected as the Director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, where he was responsible for leading 26 general officer, flag officer, and Senior Executive Service personnel in addressing the immediate warfighter needs of the combatant commanders, military departments, and defense agencies.

EDUCATION
1969 Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and political science, University of Central Missouri
1971 Master of Business Administration degree, University of Central Missouri
1981 Doctor of Philosophy degree in public policy analysis and administration, St. Louis University
1984 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1993 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
1998 Senior Executive Leadership Course
2000 Defense Leadership and Management Program

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1971 - 1973, platoon leader, assistant operations officer and officer in charge, Correctional Treatment Branch, Provost Marshal's Office, U.S. Army, Fort Carson, Colo.
2. 1973 - 1977, Director of Financial Management, St. Louis County Police Department, Clayton, Mo.
3. 1977 - 1980, doctoral student, St. Louis University, Mo.
4. 1980 - 1981, budget analyst, Office of the Comptroller, U.S. Army Troop Support and Readiness Command, St. Louis, Mo.
5. 1981 - 1983, program analysis officer, Directorate for Advanced Systems, U.S. Army Aviation Research and Development Command, St. Louis, Mo.
6. 1983 - 1984, program analysis officer, Office of the Comptroller, U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command, St. Louis, Mo.
7. 1984 - 1985, Chief, Program Element, Comanche Program Management Office, U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command, St. Louis, Mo.
8. 1985, Business Manager, Helicopter Systems Branch, Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, Texas
9. 1985 - 1986, program analysis officer, Research, Development and Integration Office, U.S. Army Troop Support Command, St. Louis, Mo.
10. 1986 - 1987, Supervisory Budget Analyst, Office of the Comptroller, U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command, St. Louis, Mo.
11. 1987 - 1989, program analysis officer, Combat Support Aviation Program Executive Office, St. Louis, Mo.
12. 1989, budget officer, Office of the Comptroller, U.S. Army Troop Support Command, St. Louis, Mo.
13. 1989 - 1991, Senior Program Manager, DCS Corporation, St. Louis, Mo.
14. 1991 - 1992, Director of Program Management, Aviation Program Executive Office, St. Louis, Mo.
15. 1992 - 1994, acting Deputy and Assistant Program Executive Officer, Aviation Program Executive Office, St. Louis, Mo.
16. 1994 - 1995, Business Manager, U.S. Army Systems Integration and Management Activity, St. Louis, Mo.
17. 1995 - 2000, Director of Management, Special Operations Acquisition and Logistics Center, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
18. 2000 - 2002, Senior Program Analyst, Acquisition Management, Acquisition Resources and Analysis Directorate, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
19. 2002 - 2004, Deputy Director, Acquisition Management, Acquisition Resources and Analysis Directorate, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
20. 2004 - 2007, Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
21. 2007 - 2008, Director, Financial Management and Comptroller, Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments Center, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. 
22. 2008 - present, Director, Center for Financial Management, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.

AWARDS AND HONORS
1981 Army Meritorious Service Medal
1988 Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
1993 Army Superior Civilian Service Award
2004 Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award
2007 Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1971 Distinguished military graduate, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
1980 Distinguished graduate, Civil Affairs Advanced Course
1983 Award for Program Analysis, St. Louis American Society of Military Comptrollers
1984 Commandant's List, Command and General Staff College
2006 - 2007 Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, Global Register

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Military Comptrollers
U.S. Army Reserve Officers Association

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Acquisition Professional in Business Financial Management, Level III
Certified Acquisition Professional in Program Management, Level III

(Current as of August 2008)

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