Robert A. Newson

Captain Robert A. Newson, U.S. Navy, is a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer who most recently led strategy and concept development for the Naval Special Warfare Command. Previously, he commanded Special Operations Command (Forward) in Yemen and Naval Special Warfare Support Activity, a cross-functional intelligence operations command, and served as director of the Joint Interagency Task Force – Counter Terrorism. His other operational assignments include billets at Special Boat Unit 12, Naval Special Warfare Task Group – Desert Thunder, SEAL Team 7, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Sarajevo, Joint Interagency Source Operations Center – Iraq, and Joint Interagency Task Force – Counter Terrorism – Afghanistan.

Captain Newson is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Naval Postgraduate School with distinction. He is a PhD candidate at the University of San Diego.