Robert Work

U.S. Department of Defense
Vice Chairman, National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI) Former Deputy Secretary of Defense
NDIA National Security AI Conference and Exhibition (NSAICE)
Mr. Robert Work was the thirty-second Deputy Secretary of Defense, serving alongside three Secretaries of Defense from May 2014 to July 2017. In 2001, he retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps after spending 27 years on active duty. He subsequently was a Senior Fellow and Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In January 2009, he was asked to join the Obama administration as the 31st Under Secretary of the Navy, and he was confirmed in that role in May 2009. Mr. Work stepped down as the Under Secretary in March 2013 to become the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He remained in that position until he assumed the role of Deputy Secretary of Defense in May 2014.  He currently is the President and Owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in defense strategy and policy, programming and budgeting, military-technical competitions, revolutions in war, and the future of war.