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Bob Newman

Job TitleExecutive Director for the Office of Mission Capability Support

Company NameDepartment of Homeland Security, Science and Technology


Mr. Robert B. Newman, Jr. was appointed by the Undersecretary for Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security as the Executive Director for the Office of Mission Capability Support after serving as his Senior Advisor. In this capacity, Major General Newman advises the Undersecretary on the development and functions of matrix organizations and their implementation in the revitalization efforts for the division.

Mr. Newman has over thirty years of business, military, and homeland security expertise in both government and private sectors in the fields of infrastructure protection, financial services, energy,
and information security.

Long having recognized the rapidly evolving cyber challenges that face our country, Mr. Newman has consulted with both public and private entities to help secure our nation’s cyber, financial, and energy infrastructures and to ensure their reliability for the American economy. He has also worked with the modeling and simulation industry in Virginia to identify opportunities and develop
a strategic way ahead to ensure the industry’s continued success across the business spectrum in the commonwealth.

Mr. Newman graduated with a BA in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute and was designated a distinguished aerospace graduate. While a cadet at VMI, Newman was regimental commander of the Corps of Cadets, president of the honor court, and co-captain of the varsity soccer team being twice named to the Virginia Collegiate All-State soccer team. He received a Master of Arts in Management and Public Administration from Webster University.

Following graduation from VMI, Mr. Newman attended US Air Force pilot training at Reese AFB, TX, and was assigned to the 23 Tactical Fighter Wing flying the A-7D Corsair II fighter aircraft. During his active duty Air Force career, he was an instructor pilot, a flight examiner, and was named to an 8-man USAF aerial gunnery team that flew against 10 Royal Air Force teams and won the RAF annual tactical fighter competition. Mr. Newman separated from active duty and returned to Virginia where he began a career as an institutional bond trader working for both Wall Street and regional brokerage firms. He also joined the Virginia Air National Guard flying the A-7D fighter later transitioning to the F-16C Fighting Falcon.

Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. Newman was mobilized and assigned to the National Guard Bureau in Washington where he helped stand up homeland security missions assigned to the Guard, including the infrastructure protection mission, and directed the standup of the National Guard’s initial element at US Northern Command. He was later promoted to brigadier general serving as the deputy J3/4 for operations and logistics at US Joint Forces Command.

Following a two year tour of duty at the National Guard Bureau, Newman returned to Richmond where he served in the cabinet of Governor Mark Warner as deputy homeland security advisor continuing work to secure Virginia’s critical infrastructure and directing homeland security efforts that established the Virginia fusion center.
In 2006, Governor Tim Kaine selected Mr. Newman to be the Adjutant General of Virginia commanding 10,000 Virginia Army and Air Guardsmen and promoting him to the rank of major general. Newman served on many national committees while serving as adjutant general including the Reserve Forces Policy Board and, drawing on his business experience, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services.

Mr. Newman continues to be active in the community having served on many local and national boards currently serving as National Co-chair of the Civil-Military Committee of InfraGard and is a board member of Cyber Protective Resources – Hampton Roads.

Conference Sessions

  • You Say It’s Going to Change the World?

    March 17, 2020, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM, Sands 302

    Emerging technology has excited humans since the first person put a round rock on a wooden axle.  Today, digital advances that link our physical world to the v...

    • Language: English
  • Enhancing Security Through UAS Technology from a DHS Perspective

    March 19, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Venetian Ballroom Theater

    The demands on your hometown security are complex, expanding, and require new approaches to problem solving. Emerging technologies like AR, Next Gen Sensors, an...

    • Language: English
  • DHS Town Hall Meeting @ ISC West: Enhancing Security and Doing Business at the Speed of Life

    March 19, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Galileo 1001

    - This session is open to all badge types: attendee, exhibitor, speakers, media/press, etc. In the face of natural and man-made disasters, the demands on the D...

    • Language: English