Robert O. Work

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Robert Work served as Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States from 2014 to 2017. He is currently Senior Counselor for Defense and Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security, where he was previously the Chief Executive Officer. From 2009 to 2013, Work served as the Undersecretary of the Navy. Prior to 2009, after spending 27 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and retiring as a colonel, Work spent time first as a Senior Fellow and later as Vice President for Strategic Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Work received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Systems Technology (Space Systems Operations) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master’s in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Expertise: Conflict, Defense, Power & Security, Technology

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