Robert Dirga, Select One

Research Associate Center for Naval Warfare Studies
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Dirga is a naval intelligence officer and former submarine officer with a career focus on the Asia-Pacific region. He has served on ships and staffs at every level of command within the U.S Pacific Command area of responsibility. His areas of concentration include Chinese and North Korean military and government analysis, operational intelligence and operational and strategic planning.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Geopolitics
  • Intel
  • Japan
  • Koreas
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare
  • Policy
  • Security Cooperation
  • South China Sea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Submarine Warfare
  • Taiwan
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment Newport

Assistant Officer in Charge

Provides integrated intelligence expertise essential for wargaming, research, warfare analysis and planning at the Naval War College (NWC). Maintains Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) point of presence at Naval Station Newport.

Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet

Senior Watch Officer, Current Intelligence Dept Head, and Operations Officer within C7F Staff N2 Directorate.

U.S. Naval War College

Student at College of Naval Command and Staff and Halsey Alfa Advanced Research Program.

USPACOM Joint Intelligence Operations Center

J2 Senior Watch Officer within Operations Division. Proliferation Branch Head, Director of Analysis and Production, and Korea Branch Head within Northeast Asia Division. Intelligence SME to USPACOM Deployable Joint Task Force Augmentation Cell.

Lateral transfer from Submarines to Intelligence


Commander Carrier Strike Group Five / CTF 70

Submarine Operations Officer within N3 Directorate. Additional roles included TLAM Officer, Top Secret Control Officer, SPECAT Control Officer, Assistant Surface Operations Officer, Flag Tactical Action Officer, Battle Watch Captain, and TLAM Launch Area Coordinator.


Combat Systems Officer, Senior Watch Officer, Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Force Protection Officer.

U.S. Pacific Fleet

POL-MIL Officer within N5 Directorate. Coordinated plans and policies for Australia, Korea, and Singapore. JTF-519 J512.


Electrical Officer, Reactor Control Officer, Tactical Systems Officer, Assistant Operations Officer on Blue Crew.


M.A., College of Naval Command and Staff, 2014, National Security and Strategic Studies

Masters Certificate, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014, East Asian Studies

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1999, Computer Science

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Stoicism and Leadership

Aug. 19, 2019
News Publication

Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop Two

Aug. 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Red Star Over the Pacific: A Conversation With James Holmes On China's Maritime Rise

Aug. 13, 2019
Center for International Maritime Security
Article Publication

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