Robert Spalding

Robert Spalding

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Robert Spalding is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SEMPRE, the continuation of his vision for secure digital infrastructure created while at the NSC. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute where his work focuses on U.S.–China relations, economic and national security, and the Asia-Pacific military balance. General Spalding has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as a brigadier general. He was the Chief Architect of the framework for national competition in the Trump Administration's widely praised National Security Strategy (NSS), and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President. He is a national security policy strategist, and globally recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition and influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. His innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally.

Professional Experience

Academic History






  • Defense Superior Service Medal

  • Legion of Merit

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal

  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster