Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John R. (Bob) Wood is executive vice president of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, International. As a member of IDS International’s Advisory Board, he leverages his nearly four decades of involvement in strategic planning and national security issues to identify opportunities for engagement and leadership in both traditional and emerging areas critical to national security.
Wood retired from the United States Army after thirty-six years of service. As a commander, he led soldiers at all levels of responsibility from platoon to division. As a staff officer, his experience ranged from the tactical level with coalition forces in combat, through Army level in the aftermath of 9/11, to the national level in the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. In his last assignment on active duty, Wood was the Deputy Combatant Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command where he coordinated and oversaw activities in areas of joint experimentation, training, capability development, and force deployments.
As the Army’s senior strategic planner, Wood developed and implemented the US Army’s strategic response plan for combating worldwide terrorism in the wake of 9/11. He also led the Army’s Pentagon planning for Rwanda, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and initial Iraq operations. As a White House Fellow on the National Security Council, he helped craft presidential directives and public policy guiding the Strategic Defense Initiative and directly influenced critical arms control actions.
Wood has a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was selected as a White House Fellow in 1984 and served in the Reagan White House on the National Security Council. He was also an Army National Security Fellow at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1993).