Robert Schlesiger

Robert Schlesiger
Adjunct International and Defense Researcher


M.S. in military operational art & science (pol-mil track), Air Command & Staff College; M.S. in technology management, University of Maryland; B.S. in atmospheric science, State University of New York at Albany


Robert Schlesiger is an adjunct international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. Previously, Schlesiger served as Country Director, Russia and Conventional Arms Control in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, at the U.S. Department of Defense. Schlesiger has previously served as the United States Acting Defense and Air Attaché to Uzbekistan. He served as a Branch Chief and Country Director for multiple Eurasian countries under the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. Schlesiger also served as the Director of Operations for the 607th Weather Squadron and the senior Staff Weather Officer for 8th U.S. Army Division, Republic of Korea. Schlesiger holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Science in technology management from the University of Maryland, Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, completed Air War College, and is proficient in Russian and German.

Selected Publications

Schlesiger, Egel and Martini, "A Unique Opportunity Not to Be Squandered: Advancing Our Relationships in Central Asia," Real Clear Defense, 2023


Russian; German