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DR. ROBERT S. WOOD is Dean Emeritus of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, a focal point of strategic and campaign thought in the naval services and a major research group in the national security field. He has directed, for the Department of the Navy strategic research, gaming, and analysis and provided decision support for senior levels of the U.S. Government. Dr. Wood is one the world’s leading authorities on gaming and simulations as an aid to decision-making, as well as a learning objective. He oversaw the largest gaming series in U.S. history, the Global War Games, which became a major venue in which hundreds of senior civilian and military official gathered for a two to three week period to explore crises and conflict scenarios and explore alternative policies, strategies, and operational plans. He held the Chester W. Nimitz Chair of National Security and Foreign Affairs and twice served as Director of the Chief of Naval Operations´ Strategic Studies Group. He regularly provides advice to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Defense.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in History with Highest Distinction from Stanford University, Dr. Wood earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He is widely known for his work in the areas of foreign and defense policy, national defense strategy, international politics, and international law and organization. Dr. Wood has frequently served as a foreign policy and national security advisor to a number of public policy and academic committees. He has taught at Harvard University and Bentley College and was a professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Wood has been a visiting professor and lecturer at many prominent universities and institutions at home and abroad. He is a frequent lecturer at the National Defense University and at all of the U.S. Armed Forces Senior Service Schools, the NATO Defense College, and the Federal Executive Institute. He has published in the areas of public affairs, national security policy, international affairs, and executive development. The co-author of the recent study, America the Vincible: U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century (Prentice Hall), he has also authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed to 21other books and numerous articles on public affairs, executive development, international affairs, and national security policy.

Dr. Wood is currently on leave on a volunteer service assignment as a General Authority for his church working on international issues. He recently returned to the United States from Brazil where he oversaw for his church, all social, humanitarian, and ecclesiastical affairs for northern Brazil.


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Really enjoyed Robert Wood as a moderator—interesting personal experiences and vast knowledge; Thank you! Unsigned, Department of Defense


Loved every minute. Thank you Bob for being such a great moderator. L. Mott, Department of the Navy