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David Buss

Senior Vice President & President of Cubic Global Defense

David H. Buss is president of Cubic Global Defense (CGD) and senior vice president of Cubic Corporation. He oversees and manages the overall CGD business, which spans across more than 35 nations. 

In this role, Buss is responsible for executing the strategy for Cubic’s defense business, which is focused on NextTraining. NextTraining is centered on identifying and rapidly integrating innovative technologies into defense training systems and services to provide customers with cutting-edge means to ensure the operational readiness of U.S. military and partner nation security forces. 

Buss joined Cubic Global Defense as senior vice president and deputy president in June 2015 following more than 36 years of service in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy in the rank of Vice Admiral after serving for more than two years as Commander, Naval Air Forces (the Navy’s “Air Boss”). During his time as the “Air Boss,” Buss was responsible for all policies, requirements, training and operational readiness for Naval Aviation.

Prior to his role as “Air Boss,” Buss served as the deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia where he was responsible for training and certifying all east coast Navy ships and squadrons as deployment-ready. Other command assignments include the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), and Attack Squadron Thirty-Four. Buss ran the Naval Warfare Integration Group, a Pentagon-based strategic think tank and also served for 14 months in Baghdad as director of Strategy/Plans/Assessments for Multi-National Force – Iraq in 2008-09.

Buss graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and, as a career naval aviator, brings years of distinguished military service and extensive knowledge of both industry and combat operations to his role at Cubic Global Defense.


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