Robert Bell

Professor of the Practice

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
Office Location: Room 108, Habersham
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Robert G. Bell’s 45-year United States Government career included seven years as the U.S. Defense Advisor at NATO and the Senior Civilian Representative in Europe of the Secretary of Defense (2010-2017), three years as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment (1999-2003), seven years at the White House as President Clinton’s National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control and the NSC Counselor (1993-1999), 18 years on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and the Congressional Research Service (1975-1992), and six years as an Air Force officer (1969-1975).

From 2003-2010, he was a senior vice president at SAIC, directing business development activities in Europe. Bell has a B.S. in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1969) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Security Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1970 and 2021). He is currently a Distinguished Professor of the Practice at Georgia Tech, a Distinguished Fellow at the Free University of Brussel (VUB) Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS), and CEO of his own consulting firm, National Security Counsel LLC.


Research Fields:
  • Emerging Technology and Security
  • Global Nuclear Security
  • International Security Policy
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Science, Technology, and International Policy
  • Europe
  • Europe (North)
  • Europe - United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Weapons and Security
  • Armed Conflict
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • European Union Studies
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security
  • National Strategy
  • Strategy


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