Rob A.Y. Dahlin

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor Rob Dahlin joined the College of Maritime Operational Warfare in 2020 after completing a 32-year naval career. He is a retired naval intelligence captain who served in the Indo-Pacific region for 25 years including nine years in Japan as the assistant naval attaché in Tokyo, as the N2 for CTF 76 and as the N2/N39 for U.S. Naval Forces Japan. He was the N21 for CTF 50 at the start of Operation Enduring Freedom and the embarked N2/N3/N5 for two humanitarian disaster relief operations. He was the chief of the Analysis and Production Center, U.S. Africa Command supporting more than 20 named operations and completed his career as a member of the NWC Joint Maritime Operations faculty.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • HA/DR
  • Indian Ocean
  • Japan
  • Military Planning
  • South China Sea

Professional Highlights


Military Professor – United States Naval War College


Analysis & Production Center Chief – U.S. Africa Command


Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Information Operations (N2/N39) – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan


Japanese Language Student – Defense Language Institute-Washington


Student – U.S. Naval War College (CNW)


Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (N2) – Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Amphibious Force 7th Fleet (CTF 76)


Assistant Naval Attaché – U.S. Defense Attaché Office Tokyo


Student – Joint Military Attaché School/Defense Language Institute-Washington


Assistant N2 – Commander Carrier Group Three


Analyst – Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific


M.A., Naval War College, 2010, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., National University, 1995, Human Resources Management

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1990, Political Science

Awards and Decorations

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Various unit & campaign awards

External Memberships and Associations

United States Naval Institute

Naval Intelligence Professionals

Naval War College Foundation

Military Officers Association of America

Japan America Navy Friendship Association-Newport (JANAFA-Newport)

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