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Rear Admiral James A. Robb


Michael Freed, Ph.D. is a Program Director with SRI International in the Artificial Intelligence Center. His research focuses on augmenting human capabilities for learning, health care, and work productivity using intelligent personal assistants and other human centered computing technologies.

His final assignment at sea was in command of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group consisting of nine ships and over 8,000 sailors. Here he led the West Coast maritime response to 9/11 and prepared the Battle Group for support of operations in Afghanistan. Earlier, he commanded Carrier Air Wing Nine embarked in USS NIMITZ where he was Strike Warfare Commander for naval forces supporting operation Southern Watch/Desert Storm. He also served as Deputy Commander for Carrier Air Wing Eleven, and commanded the “Screaming Eagles” of Fighter Squadron Fifty One.

Following 9/11, RADM Robb was assigned to the US Central Command as the Director of Plans, Policy and Coalition Affairs. In this capacity he developed strategic and operational plans guiding U.S. and Coalition efforts in the Middle East and was a key member of the forward deployed Battle Staff directing operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Admiral Robb is also a recognized expert in operational tactics and training, serving as an instructor, test pilot and demonstration pilot in the F-14 TOMCAT. He was Lead Project Pilot and Officer in Charge of Navy/Marine Corps Special Operations flying Russian fighter aircraft in the Tonopah Test Ranges and later commanded the Navy Fighter Weapons School also known as TOPGUN.

During his career, he deployed nine times to every major theater of operations, logging over 5,000 flight hours and more than 1,000 carrier landings. Following transition from the Navy, Admiral Robb started an independent consultant business specializing in Strategic Planning and Enterprise process improvement. Admiral Robb assumed the presidency of NTSA on June 1, 2012.


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