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Robert Thomas

Vice Admiral Robert Thomas retired from the U.S. Navy in January 2017 after 38 years of Naval Service. He then accepted an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He is also a full time faculty member at UC San Diego’s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Vice Admiral Thomas’ last operational tour was in command of the U.S. 7th Fleet from July 2013 to September 2015. His final assignment before retiring was Director Navy Staff in the Pentagon. Vice Admiral Thomas graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the National War College in Washington, DC.


Recent Publications

The Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue Convenes for the 28th Year
July 13, 2020 | IGCC News
Scholars and former government officials from the U.S., China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan met virtually July 10-11 as part of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial track 1.5 forum for discussions about security among scholars and officials in the region. Among the key issues discussed: the trajectory of Sino-American relations; tensions between Japan and South Korea; events on the Korean peninsula; the prospect of new arms control agreements; and the implications of an absent and weakened United States.

  • naval operations
  • national security