Robert Cassidy, Colonel, U.S. Army, Ph.D.

Robert Cassidy, Colonel, U.S. Army, Ph.D.

Military Professor
Strategy & Policy
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Colonel Robert M. Cassidy reported back to the Naval War College faculty after serving as a CNO Fellow in the CNO Strategic Studies Group in 2014-2015.
He has served tours as a special assistant to two previous IJC Commanders, a special operations liaison to COMISAF, a battalion commander in Kuwait, a special assistant to the US Army Europe Commander, a brigade operations officer and squadron executive officer in the 4th Infantry Division, an air cavalry troop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, and as a support and scout platoon leader in the 8th Infantry Division. He was an assistant professor of international relations at West Point and a Russian interrogator in the 82nd Airborne Division. He has served in Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Cassidy enlisted in the Army in 1981 and earned an ROTC commission, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in History from Fitchburg State in 1987. Colonel Cassidy has masters’ degrees in international relations and security studies from Boston University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Naval War College. He has the Diplôme d'Études Supérieures de Défense from the École de Guerre and he earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School. Colonel Cassidy is the author of three books: Peacekeeping in the Abyss, Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror, and War, Will, and Warlords.
His awards and badges include the Bronze Star with four oak leaf clusters, the Ranger Tab, the senior parachutist badge, and the French para badge. He is a graduate of USA JFK Special Warfare Center SERE C Course and the Infantry Captains Course.  A sample of his published work is below.

“Afghanistan or Talibanistan: Will the country see relative stability and freedom after 2014?” Armed Forces Journal. (April 2014).


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