Immediate Past Chairman Bob Wood

Lieutenant General (Retired) John R. “Bob” Wood

Bob Wood is currently the Executive Vice President for National Security and Defense for AFCEA International.  AFCEA is the largest and oldest American communication and IT based trade organization focused on national security, homeland defense, and intelligence.  In his position, Bob has a principal role in AFCEA’s strategic planning, management, and operations and is directly responsible for the association’s primary conferences and meetings.

Bob spent 36 years in the U. S. Army before retiring as a Lieutenant General in 2009.  He served in command and staff positions, during peace and war, from company level through Army and coalition headquarters, in units based in the United States, Europe, Korea, and Iraq.  In his last job before retirement, he served as the deputy commander for the U.S. Joint Forces Command where he oversaw Joint innovation, command and control, and training readiness.

When not serving in operational assignments, Bob earned an MBA at the University of Chicago before teaching economics and systems analysis at West Point.  He was named a White House Fellow in 1984 and worked in the National Security Council for President Reagan.  In 1993, he completed a senior fellowship at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.  He also has a B.S. from West Point and a Masters in Military Arts and Science from the Army Command and General Staff College.

Bob lives with his wife and family in Alexandria, Virginia.