Bob Nugent

Scholar Practitioner Fellow

Bob Nugent joined the Busch School in 2018 as a Scholar-Practitioner Fellow and Research Assistant. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Management at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business, with research interests in the Defense Industrial Base, advanced technologies, organizations, and strategy.  He continues to consult on strategy, competitive and management issues with several specialty firms serving a global client base in the defense and security sectors.

Over the past decade, Bob has presented, commented and published widely on naval, defense and economic issues, appearing on the BBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera and in the pages of Defense News, Aviation Week, NHK, as well as German publishers Mittler and Monch.

He spent 22 years as a U.S. naval officer in intelligence, operations, diplomatic and acquisition assignments.  This included duty as a Foreign Area Officer and Assistant Naval Attache in Moscow, and billets in Japan, Korea, the U.K., and Hawaii.  He served in operational aviation and amphibious squadrons, and on the staff of the Navy Acquisition Executive in the Pentagon.

Bob received an M.B.A with honors from Marymount University (Arlington, Va.) in 2007, and was the 2003 President’s Honor Graduate at U.S. Naval War College.  He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute and received undergraduate degrees in Finance, Economics and Philosophy from New Mexico State University.  

Bob and wife Nancy have seven children (three sons, four daughters) ages 10-23. Oldest son Bo (VMI ’16) is a student naval aviator.  Favorite pastimes include driving to and spectating at children's’ sporting events, musical theater (fans of Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein), beach trips, reading, and movies.  They celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary this year.

“Test everything; retain what is good.”
Thessalonians 5:21
Contact Information
Office: Maloney Hall 139
Office Phone: (360) 850-7444
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Management, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business
  • M.B.A with Honors, Marymount University
  • U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute
  • B.A. Finance, Economics and Philosophy, New Mexico State University
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Advanced Technology
  • Strategy and Organizations
  • Russian


Publications and Papers Presented (2012-2018)

  1. “Reflections on Russia’s Navy and Politics” - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Calif. 11/2012
  2. “The Outlook for the Frigate Market” - Mittler, Marine Forum (Germany) 1/2013
  3. “Mediterranean Navies” - Monch, Naval Forces Magazine (Germany) 4/2013
  4. “Trends in Naval Missile and Air Systems and Threats” - Monch, Savunma ve Havacilik (Turkey), Issue 12/2013
  5. “Naval Acquisition Trends in Asia,” - in Till, Geoffrey and Chan, Jane, Eds., Naval Modernization in Southeast Asia, Routledge, New York, 2014
  6. “GCC Naval Market Opportunities” Briefing to Attaches and Press, DIMDEX, Doha, Qatar 3/2014
  7. “Ship-based Air &  Ballistic Missile Defense”  - Monch, Savunma ve Havacilik(Turkey) Issue 9/2014
  8.  “Naval Air and Missile Defense-Capabilities and Strategies” Monch, Savunma ve Havacilik  (Turkey) Issue 4/2015
  9. “Unmanned Maritime Systems” Mittler, Marine Forum (Germany) 3/2016
  10. “Weapons and Sensor Concepts for Surface Combatants” - Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal, (Germany) 5/2016
  11. “World Naval Market Trends”  - SMM Maritime Security and Defense Conference, Hamburg, Germany 9/2016
  12. “Protecting Naval Vessels – Threats, Concepts and Systems” - Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal, (Germany) 2/2017
  13. “Anti-Submarine Warfare – A New Era” - Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal, (Germany) 3/2017
  14. “Mine Warfare Market Outlook,” Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal (Germany) 7/2017
  15. “Naval ASW Sonars Review,” Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal(Germany) 8/2017
  16. “Baltic Maritime Simulation (Evaluating New Submarine Capabilities for Poland” - Warsaw Security Forum Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11/2017
  17. “The Global Naval Transfer Market,” Mittler, European Security and Defense Journal (Germany) 1/2018