Robert D. Bauerlein

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
Expertise: Asia, Southeast Asia
Associated Programs: Southeast Asia Program

Robert Bauerlein brings to the table a unique set of skills and leadership talent developed over a long and distinguished career in both government service and business. He spent 30 years in government service, first at the local level in the cities of Cleveland, Ohio, and Alexandria, Virginia. He then moved to the federal service as an international resource analyst in the Office of Management and Budget. From there, he joined the U.S. Department of State, where he became a key international affairs resource manager during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. After serving at the State Department for nine years, he was named deputy under secretary of the air force for international affairs, responsible for leading a team of over 200 in the day-to-day management of U.S. Air Force international programs, including its $100 billion plus foreign military sales program. He served in that position for seven years and was recognized for his leadership and contributions to the national security of the United States and many of its friends and allies around the world. After leaving government service in 1999, Mr. Bauerlein spent the next eight years as a senior aerospace executive, first as vice president for business development and international programs for Pratt and Whitney’s military engine business and then as vice president for international operations in The Boeing Company’s Washington, D.C., office.