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Executive Leadership / Strategic Communication / Crisis Communications

Woodbridge, VA
June 26, 2019

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Robert (Rob) Manning III

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Proven communications and public relations expert with more than 28 years of creating positive change and developing transformational communication strategies. Served as the most senior military officer advising and executing the communication objectives of former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan. Led and implemented the Department of Defense’s global communication and public relations strategy, including executive support and internal communications for nearly three million employees and more than $2 trillion in assets.

More than 28 years of success in problem solving and advancing communication and outreach objectives for large organizations.

Regional and global experience with domestic and international media relations.

Skilled Strategic and Crisis Communications leader

Maximized operational, financial, personnel and logistical requirements to achieve multiple strategic objectives.

Passionate about building and leading teams to achieve business excellence.

TS/SCI Clearance (Active)


Office of the Secretary of Defense (Present) *U.S. Army Officer (Colonel) Director of Pentagon Public Affairs Operations and Senior Military Spokesperson (2017-2019)

Director of public relations and lead military spokesperson for the Department of Defense’s global communications strategy.

Conducted more than 1500 on-the-record press conferences and interviews with national and international media.

Led a team of senior public relations professionals supporting senior military and civilian leaders; aligning internal communications throughout the Department of Defense’s global footprint.

Managed the administration, logistics, and information request process for the 390 member Pentagon Press Corps; increased daily media engagements by 50% resulting in more accurate information about the Department of Defense’s mission. Director of Public Affairs and Spokesperson for U.S Forces Korea (2015-2017)

Advised the U.S. military four-star general on the Korean Peninsula during the most tense period since the Korean War.

Provided executive level communications support and responsible for message alignment for more than 850,000 US and South Korean service-members, and representatives from 13 nations, positioned to defend the Korean Peninsula. Spokesperson and Advisor for the Under Secretary of the US Army (2011-2014)

Principal spokesman for the Under Secretary of the US Army during the height of the Iraq War.

Prepared and synchronized all communication products for senior Army leaders for six congressional testimonies; ensuring broader congressional understanding and support for US Army equities.

Led strategic communication planning, media relations and crisis communication counsel for the second highest ranking leader in the Department of the Army.

Conducted more than 500 engagements with national and international print and broadcast media outlets to reinforce Army senior leader support for Soldiers, Army Civilians and their family members.

Recognized by the Secretary of the Army for effectively leveraging media platforms (print, television, online/social media) to increase the public’s understanding of the U.S. Army’s global capabilities and commitments.

Director of Public Affairs, US Army Military District of Washington (2009-2011)

Led a staff of public relations professionals responsible for the communication strategies for all military organizations in the National Capital Region.

Facilitated routine collaboration with Congress, the Veteran’s Administration, Military & Veteran Service Organizations, and the interagency to advocate for service members and foster effective relationships.

Managed an annual $30 million outreach program, the largest in the U.S. government.

Achieved a 75% increase in outreach efforts to inform and educate the American public on the U.S. Army’s mission.


Master of Arts, National Security Strategy – National Defense University, Washington, DC.


Professional Certification, Strategic Communication Planning – Georgetown University, Washington, DC. (2009)

Master of Science, Public Administration – Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI


Bachelors of Art, Political Science – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC.



U.S. Army War College Senior Leader Seminar, Shepherdstown, West Virginia (2018)

National Defense University (Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy),

Fort McNair, Washington DC (2014-2015)

Public Affairs Qualification Course, Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Maryland


Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2004-2005)

Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (1999)

U.S. Army Ranger Course, Fort Benning, Georgia (1992)

Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Leadership Courses, Fort Benning, Georgia (1991 & 1996)

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