Robert Martinage

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Mr. Martinage recently returned to CSBA after five years of public service in the Department of Defense (DoD). While performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Navy, he led development of the Department of the Navy’s FY 2014/2015 budgets and represented the Department during the Strategic Choices and Management Review, as well as within the Defense Management Action Group (DMAG). From 2010-2013, Mr. Martinage served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, providing senior-level advice on foreign and defense policy, naval capability and readiness, security policy, intelligence oversight, and special programs. Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in 2009, Mr. Martinage focused on special operations, irregular warfare, counter-terrorism, and security force assistance policy. He also led a two-year, DoD-wide effort to develop an investment path for a future long-range strike “family of systems.”

Prior to his government service, Mr. Martinage was employed at CSBA where he was responsible for carrying out a broad research program on defense strategy and planning, military modernization, and future warfare for government, foundation, and corporate clients. He has more than 14 years of experience designing, conducting, and analyzing over 40 wargames and numerous studies focused on conventional operations in high-end threat environments, special operations, irregular warfare, and strategic deterrence and warfare.


B.A. in International Relations and Political Theory & Public Law (cum laude)
Dartmouth College

M.A. in International Security Studies / Southwest Asia
Tufts University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy