Robert J. Murray is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and President Emeritus of CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization devoted to independent and objective analysis of public issues. Prior to CNA, Murray was a teacher, first at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he was Dean and Director of the College’s Advanced Research Center and creator/director of the Strategic Studies Group; and from 1983-1990, a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and director of the School’s national security program.
Murray served in government in various capacities before his stint at teaching. He was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary of the Navy in President Jimmy Carter’s Administration. He previously held an appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), where he participated in the Camp David negotiations that resulted in the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Earlier, Murray was the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, first under Elliot Richardson and then under James Schlesinger. Following this assignment, Murray was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). In these two assignments, Murray was particularly involved in the redesign and implementation of a new NATO strategy, the transition of the armed forces following Vietnam, and the implementation of the All-Volunteer Force. Murray had several prior assignments in government—in the Defense and State Departments. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before entering civilian government service.
Murray is a graduate of Suffolk College (1961) and Harvard University (1967). He is a Principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the National Institute for Public Affairs, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.