Robert C. Kane (Maj. Gen., USAF, Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer

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Robert C. "Rob" Kane (Maj. Gen., USAF, Ret.) joined the leadership of National Defense University (NDU) in October, 2014, as the university’s first Chief Operating Officer. 

As COO, Kane leads all direct operational aspects of the university, including information technology services, human resources, facilities management, and budget. He also has oversight of travel, continuity of operations, and policies pertaining to the administration of these university programs. 

Kane served as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force’s senior military school, the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama from 2010-2011. During his 33-year military career, he gained extensive leadership experience in strategic planning, program and operations management, international partnerships, government relations, acquisition, risk management and compliance, transportation, and logistics. 

Kane’s final active duty assignment was as Director of Global Reach Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, where he oversaw strategic planning and trade space analysis for the USAF’s $53 billion portfolio of more than 2,500 cargo, air refueling, special operations, training and executive airlift aircraft. He possesses extensive international experience from assignments in Iraq, Turkey, Korea, and Germany, including leading international teams and negotiations, and managing host-nation government and community relations programs.  In Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he served as commanding general of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team. He also served as commander of the 86th Airlift Wing and Kaiserslautern Military Community at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As a command pilot, he logged more than 4,200 hours in a variety of aircraft.