Bob Murray

Bob Murray
Visiting Professor of the Practice

Visiting Professor of the Practice

Security Studies Program

Served in the United States Marine Corps. Career broadly in three parts: government service, teaching, and leading a research and analysis organization.

  • Suffolk University, B.S.
  • Harvard University, M.P.A.

Positions Held

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, CNA Corporation, Arlington, VA., a non-profit research and analysis organization doing analysis for the U.S. government (federal, state, and local) and for foreign governments.  CNA has 600 employees and annual revenues of about $120 Million.  
  • Faculty Member and Director, National Security Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  Taught public policy and foreign and defense policy in the graduate curriculum and in several Executive Programs.
  • Dean, Naval War College, Newport, RI.   Created and directed the Strategic Studies Group (SSG) and the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at Newport.  Taught foreign policy and defense policy in the War College senior curriculum.
  • Under Secretary of the Navy, including responsibilities for overseeing the development of naval contributions to national strategy, international negotiations, Navy and Marine Corps program analysis and program and budget submissions, acquisition, Special Access Program oversight and operations, military compensation, military families and family services, and civilian personnel.    
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), with responsibilities for defense policy and international negotiations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.  
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), responsible for national and NATO planning for the conventional defense of Europe, for helping implement the All-Volunteer Force, for analysis in support of the Defense Program and Budget, among other things.  
  • Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, under Elliott Richardson and James Schlesinger.

Awards and Other Service

  • Received the Distinguished Public Service Award (three awards), Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and several other awards and medals for my government service.  
  • Served on the Commission to Investigate the Bombing of Marines in Beirut (the “Long Commission”); was a consultant to the Commission investigating the Iran-Contra Affair (the “Tower Commission”); was a member of the Commission on the Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, which examined the consequences for Defense strategy and forces of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War; and a member of the Muskie delegation to Vietnam, aimed at helping President Clinton decide whether or not to resume diplomatic relations with the Government of Vietnam.


  • Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Security Working Group at George Washington University, the Chief of Naval Operations’ Civilian Executive Panel, the Cosmos Club, and the Harvard Club of Washington.  Also, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, formerly a Principal of the Council for Excellence in Government and a Fellow of the National Institute for Public Affairs.  Also, formerly a Trustee of the CNA Corporation and currently a Director of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.