Burke seems to be a pretty involved guy for Weyland-Yutani Corp. He acts as point of contact/liason with Ripley at Gateway Station, sends a message to the colony on LV-426 to investigate the 'Space Jockey' ship (and seems to have the potential to intercept or interfere with communications, etc between the colony and The Company) and accompanies the Colonial Marines and Ripley to the planet.

What was his actual role for Weyland-Yutani?

  • I always thought of him as the "on the ground" rep of the Company, making sure the latter's interests are served. I don't know if there's more of a background to the character – Rebel-Scum Mar 31 at 20:19

We see Carter J. Burke's business card in Aliens. He's

Special Projects Director in the Special Services Division of Weyland Yutani (Space) Corporation.

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One assumes that he's (partially) responsible for special projects like terraforming planets.

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    For the record, I presume the J is for Judas. – Valorum Mar 31 at 21:04
  • ask the question, although if you don't know it..... – Seamusthedog Mar 31 at 21:26
  • would this position give him access to carry out your suggestion from my last question – Seamusthedog Mar 31 at 21:27
  • @Seamusthedog - I don't see why not – Valorum Mar 31 at 21:45
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    I'd say terraforming would not be a particularly "special" project for W-Y corporation, as Burke mentions in relation to the atmospheric processor: "we manufacture those by the way". I'd assumed it meant "special" as in "special forces" i.e. covert industrial espionage, illegal importation of dangerous xenomorphs and similar shenanigans. – user22478 Apr 1 at 2:19

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