Robert J. Giesler is currently the Special Advisor for Asymmetric Operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is responsible for providing thought leadership on strategy and solutions development across the full spectrum of asymmetric operations challenges.
Between 2008 and 2012, he was the Senior Vice President for Cyber Programs, SAIC. At SAIC, he was responsible for developing corporate-wide strategies, programs, and investments in all facets of the cyber domain.
Prior to coming to SAIC, Mr. Giesler was a member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Director, Information Operations and Strategic Studies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Giesler was born in Denver, CO in August 1954, where he completed both elementary and high school. He is a retired Army Officer, having entered the Army in 1972. His Army career included tours in the Infantry, as an Army Counter Intelligence Agent, an Intelligence Operations Officer, and a variety of military operational assignments.
Mr. Giesler’s contributions to the Information Operations (IO) and Cyber Operations fields began in 1980 with development and management of unique capabilities directed against strategic targets; participation in the first Information Warfare Net Assessment panel in 1995; and continuous participation in Joint IO and cyber Campaign Plans as either a planner or capabilities provider between 1990 and 2007. He has consulted for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff on cyber and Information Operations issues, to include serving as the Chairman of a planning Red Team for the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Giesler is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Defense Intelligence College Post-graduate Intelligence Program. Among his awards are: The Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.