Robert J. Taylor, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director, Plans and Policy, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He is responsible for shaping and implementing national security policies, strategies and plans in accordance with the execution of the command's assigned missions. These missions include the global integration of strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, global strike, space operations, missile defense and joint electromagnetic spectrum operations.
The Deputy Director represents the Director, Plans and Policy and the Commander, USSTRATCOM at senior level departmental, interagency and international planning, policy and strategy meetings and events. In accordance with the Commander’s vision and intent, Mr. Taylor drives policy, integrates global capabilities into Department of Defense approved campaign and contingency plans and advocates for the sustainment and modernization of a resilient, well-equipped, trained combat-ready force.
Mr. Taylor is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has earned two Master of Arts degrees in Military Art and Science. He has served in key staff positions in Army and Joint units from battalion to unified command level, and has commanded Army units from platoon to brigade. Mr. Taylor has four combat tours in Iraq, deployed special mission capabilities globally, and has an operational deployment as part of Stabilization Force 4-5 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
1985 Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Nebraska, Kearney
1996 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1997 Master of Arts, Military Art and Science, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2007 Master of Arts, Military Art and Science, Senior Service College, Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008 National Security Management Fellow, National Security Studies Program, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
2011 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2012 U.S. Army Senior Leader Seminar, Eastern Management Development Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.
2015 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Perspectives Seminar, Alan L Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2017 U.S. Air Force China and East Asia Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
1982 – 1985, Armor Crewman, 1st Battalion 195th Armor Regiment, Nebraska Army National Guard, Holdrege, Neb.
1985 – 1990, Assistant Intelligence Officer (S2), 3rd Brigade; Intelligence Officer (S2), 1st Battalion 8th Infantry; Collection and Jamming Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer (S4), 104th Military Intelligence Battalion; S2, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
1990 – 1991, Student, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
1991 – 1993, Intelligence Operations Officer (G2), 3rd Infantry Division; Commander of A Company, 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion; Assistant Operations Officer (S3), 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion 3rd Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany
1993 – 1995, Military Intelligence Captain's Assignment Officer, U.S. Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Va.
1995 – 1997, Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Advanced Military Studies Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1997 – 1998, Chief, War Plans and Exercises, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas
1998 – 1999, Battalion Operations Officer (S3), 312th Military Intelligence Battalion, Operation Joint Forge, Multi-National Division-North, Task Force Eagle, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Stabilization Force 4-5
1999 – 2000, Deputy Division Intelligence Officer (G2), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
2000 – 2001, Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas
2001 – 2002, Senior Intelligence Officer (G2), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
2002 – 2004, Battalion Commander, 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. (deployed to Kuwait for combat operations and the liberation of Iraq) Operation Iraqi Freedom
2004 – 2006, Senior Intelligence Officer (G2), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. and Multi-National Division-Baghdad, Operation Iraqi Freedom
2006 – 2008, Student and Seminar Leader, Senior Service College Fellowship, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Advanced Military Studies Program, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2007, Chief, Commander's Initiative Group, Multi-National Corps, Baghdad, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom
2008 – 2010, Brigade Commander, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade; Army Element Commander in support of the National Security Agency, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Meade, Md.
2010 – 2011, Senior Intelligence Officer (G2), III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; dual hatted as the Deputy J2, U.S. Forces-Iraq for operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Iraq
2011 – 2014, Executive Officer for the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
2014 – present, Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Iraqi Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars
Combat Action Badge
(Current as of March 2019)