Robert Ashley

Ret. Army Lieutenant General, Head of Ashley Global Leadership & Strategy
Speaker Robert Ashley, Jr.
  • A career Army intelligence officer having served more than 36 years on active duty at the center of intelligence and security
  • Named 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security
  • Explores the current geopolitical landscape, the threats facing the nation today and in the future, and leadership lessons-learned from the military's most consequential leaders

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Serving more than 36 years on active duty, Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. is a career Army intelligence officer who has served at the highest level of U.S. national security and intelligence. His final assignment was as the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) – reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and the Secretary of Defense. Prior to the DIA, Lieutenant General Ashley served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence, and security.

Through engaging insider stories and insights from his extensive career at the center of intelligence and security, Lieutenant General Ashley examines the current geopolitical landscape, the intelligence community’s role in national policy, as well as the threats and challenges facing the nation today and in the future. Drawing on more than 36 years of military service, he combines study, personal experience, and observation to share lessons-learned from our most consequential military leaders, present and past, and breaks down how to apply these leadership insights at any organization.

Lieutenant General Ashley has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and J-2. His commands include the 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA, Intelligence Squadron, Office of Military Support, Washington, DC, and the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps.

Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General, the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, AZ.

Lieutenant General Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly known as the Defense Intelligence College), and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (1OLC), and the Bronze Star Medal, among other distinctions. Lieutenant General Ashley has also earned the Parachutist Badge, Army Aviation Crewmember Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and Australian Parachutist Badge.

Lieutenant General Ashley is the CEO of Ashley Global Leadership Security (LLC) and an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He and his wife, Barbara, have two sons – Sean, married to Lucy, and Justin.

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Great Power Competition. Lieutenant General Ashley examines the strategy and historical context of how Russia, China, and Iran are maneuvering to challenge the United States and the West.  

Global Hotspots. This talk breaks down the current state of the ISIS and Al Qaeda networks in the Middle East, Africa, and the threat to the West. 

Emerging Disruptive Technologies. This speech examines the use of artificial intelligence, cyber, biotechnology, quantum, and advanced weapons systems to asymmetrically challenge the United States and the West from ground to Space. 

The Intelligence Community and National Policy. Lieutenant General Ashley examines the Intelligence Communities (IC) role in informing policy and the IC’s value proposition warding off the politicization of intelligence.

The Triad of a Leader’s Journey: Combining study, personal experience, and observation. Lieutenant General Ashley shares lessons learned over 36 years of military service from our most consequential military leaders, present and past.  

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