Robert M. Cassidy is a military professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army.
Col. Cassidy has served on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Egypt and Grenada. He most recently served as a special assistant to the senior operational commander in Afghanistan in 2011.
He is the author of three books and a number of articles on war and strategy. His most recent book is War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011 (U.S. Department of Defense, 2012).
Col. Cassiday earned master's degrees in international relations, security studies and strategy at Boston University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the French École de Guerre, and the U.S. Naval War College. He earned his doctorate at the Fletcher School, where he concentrated in strategy and irregular warfare.