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Robert Leicht, Sr.

Robert C. Leicht, Sr

Colonel (Ret) Bob Leicht’s professional experience spans more than 30 years in operational management and conveys a strong focus in strategic planning and risk assessment. While performing as a senior leader at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2001-2011), Leicht worked within the Field Intelligence Element (as Director in 2010) and the Global Initiatives Directorate (as Deputy 2008-2009). He served within the Department of Homeland Security’s Southeast Region Research Initiative (as Deputy 2007-2008) and within the National Security Directorate’s Multiprogram Research Facility (as Program Manager 2003-2006) where his knowledge and expertise helped increase the volume of national security research and analysis at ORNL. Leicht’s earliest responsibilities at ORNL (as a Program Manager 2001-2007) corroborated his ability to match critical operational science and technology requirements of federal agencies and organizations with extant research.

Prior to joining ORNL in August 2001, he served for more than 27 years in the U. S. Army. His last assignment was as the senior liaison officer to the CIA from the United States Special Operations Command, with responsibility for the coordination of special activities between the military and the intelligence community. In the years preceding that, he served in repeated infantry and Special Forces assignments, which included five years of duty in Asia. Col (Ret) Leicht’s last tactical assignment was as commander of Special Operations Command Korea, responsible for planning the employment of U.S. special operations forces in the defense of the Republic of Korea.

A 1973 graduate of Siena College, he also has graduate degrees from Central Michigan University and the National War College in Washington, DC.

Bob and his wife Nancy were raised in New Jersey and have a daughter and a son. Favorite activities include woodworking, hiking, motorcycling, and rowing.