D. Robert Worley

Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies

D. Robert Worley is a strategic adviser, military force structure analyst, expert in training and readiness of higher echelon military forces, author, and teacher. He is currently a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies where he teaches graduate courses in national and international security, and he is a senior fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He currently provides advice and subject matter expertise on strategic and operational level joint and interagency operation in support of the Army’s Mission Command Battle Laboratory at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was an invited lecturer on national security strategy to senior Taiwanese officials and an invited speaker at the National War College, service colleges, and other U.S. government agencies. Robert previously carried out studies at the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Joint Advanced Warfighting Program. He carried out military experiments in the Middle East and a counterterrorist study in the Horn of Africa. He served as an adviser on a counterterrorist strategy to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He authored Shaping U.S. Military Forces: Revolution or Relevance in a Post-Cold War World while the topic of force transformation was the subject of Pentagon processes. He authored Waging Ancient War: The Limits of Preemptive Force after the 9/11 attacks. Robert authored The National Security Council: Recommendations for the New President for the 2009 presidential transition, and he recently authored Orchestrating the Instruments of Power: A Critical Examination of the U.S. National Security System. He has published in Georgetown’s National Security Studies Quarterly, Joint Forces Quarterly, Small Wars Journal, and with the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute. Robert previously conducted studies at the Rand Corporation’s Army Research Division and National Security Research Division. He specialized in the study of command and control in higher echelon headquarters and later in the training and readiness of those same headquarters. He participated in high level, interagency wargaming at the Rand Strategy Assessment Center, Naval War College, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Joint Warfighting Center, and Army Battle Labs. Robert has degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He also has postdoctoral graduate degrees in government and in national security studies from Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, respectively. He completed the Security Studies Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has served on the faculties of UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences, where he was received the Excellence in Teaching award for 2007. Robert served as an enlisted Marine from 1967 to 1971, attaining the rank of sergeant, and serving one tour of duty in Vietnam.