Robert Cassidy, 2000

Robert Cassidy, PhD

Colonel Cassidy joined the Naval War College faculty in August 2011. He is a senior fellow with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and is a member of the Royal United Services Institute Advisory Board. Cassidy has master’s degrees in international relations, diplomacy and strategy 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 French Joint Defense College. He earned his Ph.D. from The Fletcher School, where he concentrated in strategy, security studies and international law. Colonel Cassidy has served in a variety of organizations as a special operations strategic planner, a battalion commander, a special assistant to two senior generals, a brigade operations officer and a divisional cavalry executive officer. He also served as an assistant professor of international relations at West Point and as an NCO interrogator in the 82nd Airborne Division. Colonel Cassidy has served on several operational deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Egypt and Grenada. He most recently served as the special assistant to the commander of ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan in 2011. Colonel Cassidy has published a number of articles on irregular warfare and is the author of three books.

PhD Dissertation

A Comparison of American and British Military Culture in the Conduct of Peace Operations

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies
  • Member of the Royal United Services Institute Advisory Board
  • Distinguished Knight in the Order of Saint George, Bronze Medallion
  • Member Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

Previous Experience (Employment)

  • Special Assistant to Commander, ISAF Joint Command, Kabul 2010 – 2011
  • Chief, Strategic Plans, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC 2007 – 2009
  • Battalion Commander, Combined Forces Land Component Command, Kuwait 2005 – 2007
  • Special Assistant to Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany 2003 – 2005
  • Operations Officer, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX 2002 – 2003

Education before Fletcher

  • Master of Arts, International Relations, Boston University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, History (Summa cum Laude), Fitchburg State College, 1987
  • Graduate of U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Air Assault, Survival, and Aviation Schools
  • Russian Basic Course (Honors), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, 1983

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • International Security
  • Diplomacy
  • International Law


  • French
  • Russian
  • German