Robert Soofer

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Missile Defense Project
Associated Programs: Missile Defense Project

Rob Soofer was deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy from April 2017 to January 2021. In this capacity, he was co-director of the Nuclear Posture Review and Missile Defense Review, testified before Congress on nuclear and missile defense policy, led biannual nuclear staff talks with key allies, served as U.S. representative to the NATO High Level Group for nuclear planning; and was the secretary of defense’s representative to U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control talks. Previously, Rob served for eight years as professional staff member and Republican staff lead for the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as strategic forces policy adviser to former senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the Republican whip. Rob also was military legislative assistant to former senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) and professional staff member on the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He was professor of national security policy at the National War College for three years and served for eight years in various policy and international affairs positions with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization/Missile Defense Agency. In 2003, he was called to active duty as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and assigned to the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center. Rob received his doctorate in international relations from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the National War College. Rob is adjunct associate professor at the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies, where he teaches courses on nuclear strategy, arms control, and missile defense.