Robert A. Sanders, LP.D.

Capt., U.S. Navy

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
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Biography

Capt. Robert Sanders joined the Joint Military Operations faculty in 2014. Successive command tours as Director, U.S. Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) and Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office, North Central (NLSO North Central) preceded NWC. At DIILS, he focused on rule of law development efforts in Africa and Asia. As the two- time commanding officer of NLSO North Central Sanders led Navy Criminal Defense, Legal Assistance, and Phys. Evaluation Bd. Counsel protecting the rights of active-duty members, retirees, and their families. Sanders was a Legislative Counsel in Washington and was a rule of law instructor around the globe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Ethics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Piracy
  • Policy
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Security Cooperation
  • South China Sea
  • UNCLOS

Professional Highlights

2014

Law and Military Operations Professor

Develope critical thinking of diverse leaders to address ill-structured, emerging and longstanding legal concerns, strengthen global partnerships, ethical actions, rules of engagement and rule of law development. Ethics Representative, Senior Uniformed African American faculty member.
2011

DIRECTOR – DEFENSE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STUDIES

Led primary U.S./DoD legal education agency. Represented U.S. domestically and overseas, educating intl mil/civ public students in recognized and accepted international legal norms of global human rights, ethics, rule of law, anti-corruption and the law of armed conflict.
2009

Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office, North Central

Led Navy legal services (criminal defense and legal assitance) in 26 states and Canada spanning 10 geographically separate offices in 8 states. Directed Navy and Marine Corps’ Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) medical counsel office for wounded and injured Sailors and Marines facing medical discharges
2007

DEPUTY ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, U.S. NAVY JAG CORPS

Senior JAG Corps HR officer, Head of Recruiting and Navy JAG Diversity and Inclusion Officer Developed diversity measurement model adopted by Chief of Naval Operations. Planned, directed and executed global personnel end-strength goals for Navy JAG Corps community.
2004

DEPUTY DIRECTOR SPECIAL STAFF & AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY’S LEGAL MENTOR Office of Military Cooperation, Afghanistan

Mentored first Afghan military legal officers though writing new the republics first National Military Courts law. Supervised Senior U.S. civilian Public Affairs, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Inspector General and Legal Affairs contractor/mentors.
2002

DIRECTOR (ACTING) Senate Affairs Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs

Managed Post-September 11, 2001 legislative portfolio on military transformation. Deveopled and provided Executive level briefings to Senior DoD Secretariat and U.S. Senate regarding military affairs.
1999

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs

Led Navy Department’s Education and Training and Service Member Awards Legislative efforts.
Liaison for U.S Naval Academy Board of Visitors and U.S. Congress.
Responsible for Navy’s Capitol Hill Legislative Fellows.
1983

ENGINEER

Navy power, weapons and communication systems.

Education

LP.D., Northeastern University, Law and Policy

LL.M., The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Law

J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Law

M.S., National Intelligence University/Joint Military Intelligence College, Strategic Intelligence

M.S., Troy State University, International Relations

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

B.S., Northeastern University, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Navy Business Course Graduate, Naval Postgraduate School

Seminar XXI, Foreign Politics, International Relations & The National Interest Fellow - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Topical Research Intern - Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), Patrick AFB

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Related Credentials

U.S. Supreme Court Bar
Member

U.S. Criminal Court for the Armed Forces Bar
Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member

Research Contributions

“The Role of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Protecting Civilians”
South Sudan’s Challenges: Peacemaking, Democratic Accountability, and National Stability
Chapter Co-author; S. C. Roach & D. K. Hudson (Editors)
London, New York: Routledge
2018

Black Seminoles
DEOMI Heritage Series Pamphlet 99-3
Author

Awards and Decorations

Numerous Military Awards and Decorations

Other Honors

U.S. Navy’s National Honoree
NAACP National Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award

Hall of Fame Inductee
Schenectady, NY School System

External Memberships and Associations

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Board Member

DoD Recovering, Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces’ Task Force
Member

Rhode Island Black Heritage
Acting Chair/Board Member

Jacksonville Boys and Girls Clubs, Jacksonville, FL
Former President, Board of Directors

Jacksonville YMCA, Ortega Little League, and Volunteer Jacksonville
Former Board Member

Leadership Rhode Island, MU II Class
Member

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
Member

News, Media, & Events

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Breaking the Mold Workshop: October 2018

Oct. 24, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Lose the Merchant Marine, lose the war

Oct. 22, 2018
The Hill
Article Publication

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