The Board of Directors of the Center
for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that it has selected
the Honorable Robert O. Work as the Center's next CEO. Work is currently the
Under Secretary of the Navy and will assume his new role at CNAS on April 22.
He succeeds Nate Fick, who stepped down in November 2012 to become CEO of
Endgame, Inc., a venture-backed provider of advanced cyber security solutions.
Under Secretary Work joins the CNAS executive team with President Richard
Fontaine and Vice President and Director of Studies Shawn Brimley.
"Bob Work is in the very front ranks of those thinking about and working
to strengthen our national security," said CNAS Chairman of the Board of
Directors Dr. Richard Danzig. "More than a thought leader, he is also a
widely admired leader in all dimensions. His qualities of character combine
with qualities of mind to make him a worthy successor to Nate Fick and CNAS
co-founders Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy as the new head of CNAS. We are
delighted to have him."
Under Secretary Work serves as the deputy and principal assistant to the
Secretary of the Navy, and as Chief Operations/Management Officer of the
Department of the Navy. As such, he oversees the day-to-day management of the
U.S. global naval enterprise and the development of the department's $170
billion program and budget. He is a leading expert on defense and naval
affairs, including fleet design, power projection against future
anti-access/area denial networks, the changing nature of undersea warfare and
power projection against regional adversaries armed with nuclear weapons.
"Bob brings to CNAS his vast substantive expertise on many of the most
critical defense issues facing the nation, along with the leadership experience
and management acumen gained in running the day-to-day operations of the
Department of the Navy," said Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of
Defense for Policy, who is also a member of the CNAS Board of Directors.
"Bob's incisive intellect and strategic vision will be invaluable as he
leads CNAS into its next phase. I enjoyed working with him immensely during our
time together at the Pentagon and look forward to working with him again as he
assumes his new role."
Under Secretary Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers
Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second
lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27-year career
in the Marines, he held a wide range of command, leadership and management
positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was
the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military
Assistant and Senior Aide to Dr. Danzig, when he served as the 71st Secretary
of the Navy.
"I'm very excited for the organization that we'll have a proven thinker
and doer at the helm with Bob's assumption of the CEO position,"
said CNAS board member and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard
retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and
Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the senior fellow for maritime affairs,
and later as the vice president for strategic studies. In these positions, he
focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of
Defense transformation and maritime affairs. He wrote and spoke extensively on
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strategies and programs; directed and analyzed war
games for the Office of Net Assessment and Office of the Secretary of Defense;
contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging
military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense
"Since its inception in 2007, CNAS has established a reputation for innovative,
pragmatic and bi-partisan thinking about national security affairs," said
Under Secretary Work. "I am both honored and excited at the prospect of
leading such a great organization, and working with superb people like Richard
Danzig, Michèle Flournoy, Richard Armitage, Richard Fontaine and Shawn Brimley
to take CNAS to the next level."
"Bob Work is renowned both as a leader and a top thinker on national
security affairs, and I am delighted at the opportunity to work with him,"
said Mr. Fontaine. "He joins CNAS at a time when its mission - to develop
strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies - is of
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