February 22, 2021

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr Joins CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellow

Washington, February 22, 2021—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., USA (Ret.), former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has joined CNAS as an Adjunct Senior Fellow.

“We are delighted to welcome General Ashley to the Center,” said Carrie Cordero, CNAS Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow. General Ashley’s extraordinary wealth of experience and leadership at the highest levels of U.S. national security, intelligence and military service will be of immense benefit to our team and research in the areas of intelligence and defense.”

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. was the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and retired from the U.S. Army in November 2020 after over 36 years of active-duty service as an intelligence officer. He formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security. He has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J-2). Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General and Commandant United States Army Intelligence Center and School Fort Huachuca, AZ.

Lieutenant General Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly known as the Defense Intelligence College) and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Lieutenant General Ashley is the CEO of Ashley Global Leadership and Strategy (LLC).

For more information or to request an interview with Lieutenant General Ashley, contact Cole Stevens at cstevens@cnas.org or call 202-695-8166.