A former senior government official, Bob is president of the Atlanta Council on International Relations. After serving more than 20 years as Professor of International Affairs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, he was elected professor emeritus and continues his relationship with the School following retirement. His prior positions include serving as director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997-2002); Deputy Commandant, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy (1985-1988); Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College 1983-1985); Senior Researcher, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College (1974-1983); Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1974); an enlisted man in the U.S. Army (1958-59); and command pilot on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and later with the reserve forces (1963-1986).
Bob has been a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and the first non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy. He is recipient of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Doctorate Honoris Cause from the Bulgarian National Defense College. He has been elected a permanent member of the Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement, Russian Federation with the title of Professor. For his efforts to assist Romania in the post-Ceauşescu period, the President of Romania awarded him the title of Commander.
Professor Kennedy has served on the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Executive Committee for the accrediting of joint military education, as an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., and General Editor of The Atlanta Papers. He has lectured and published widely and has served as a consultant in the fields of international security and defense affairs. His most recent books are Of Knowledge and Power: the Complexities of National Intelligence and The Road to War: Congress’ Historic Abdication of Responsibility.
Professor Kennedy is married to Vevonna Marie Clark. They have two married sons, Shaun and Teague and seven grandchildren.