|Robert O. Work|
|United States Under Secretary of the Navy|
May 19, 2009 – March 22, 2013
|Born||Robert Orton Work|
January 17, 1953 (age 69)
|Alma mater||University of Illinois, B.S. Biology |
University of Southern California, M.S. Systems Management
Naval Postgraduate School, M.S. Space Systems Operations
Johns Hopkins University M.A.
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1974-2001|
Work attended the University of Illinois and earned a B.S. in Biology. Work would later earn an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; an M.S. in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a masters degree in International Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Work's military service began while he was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps in September 1974.
Work spent twenty-seven years in the Marines, holding a variety of positions. He commanded an artillery battery, then an artillery battalion. He rose to become base commander of Camp Fuji; the first head of the Marine Corps' Strategic Initiatives Group, a small analytical group that provided advice directly to the Commandant of the Marine Corps; and, in his highest military posting, as Military Assistant and Special Aide to United States Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig. Work's rank at the time of his retirement was Colonel.
He retired from the Marines in 2001, joining the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) as a senior fellow for maritime affairs. He would later be the CSBA's vice president for strategic studies. He also took up a position as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces. During this period, Work wrote and spoke extensively on naval and marine strategy. He also directed and analyzed war games for the Office of Net Assessment and for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He participated in the Quadrennial Defense Review in 2006. Work's work has focused on defense strategy; proposals to restructure the Department of Defense; and maritime affairs.
During the presidential transition of Barack Obama, Work was a member of the Department of Defense Transition Team, focusing on the transition at the United States Department of the Navy.
On March 21, 2013, Robert Work was presented with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Department of the Navy's highest award for civilians.
- Budget Cuts and New Ways of Doing Business Await the Marine Corps
- Sweetman, Bill. "New Threat To F-35 Joint Strike Fighter." Aviation Week, 1 September 2011.
- Parsons, Dan. "Navy Leaders Frustrated by Littoral Combat Ship Naysayers." National Defense Magazine, 19 April 2012.
- Shapiro, Michael Welles. "Bill to keep steady funding of Virginia-class subs advances." Daily Press, 26 April 2012.
- "Navy Undersecretary Robert Work to step down."
- "Robert Work To Head Defense, Security Think Tank."
Dionel M. Aviles
|Under Secretary of the Navy
2009 – 2013
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