MWI Adjunct Scholar
Bob Cassidy is the Andersen Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy at Wesleyan University where he teaches seminars on strategy and war. He has a doctorate from the Fletcher School and he has master’s degrees in international or security studies from Boston University, the Fletcher School, and the Naval War College. He earned a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures de Défense at the École de Guerre. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society.
Bob is a retired colonel (US Army) who has served as a special assistant to two senior commanders in Afghanistan, a director of assessments for the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, a Task Force 714 chief planner and liaison to the Afghan theater commander, a battalion commander in Kuwait, and a special assistant to the US Army Europe Commander. He also served as a brigade operations officer and squadron executive officer in the 4th Infantry Division and an air cavalry troop commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.
His Army awards include the Bronze Star with four oak leaf clusters, the Ranger tab, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the French Para Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is a graduate of the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center SERE Course, the Infantry Captains Course, and the Rotary-Wing Aviator Course.