Director, Marine Aviation Weapons Systems RequirementsUnited States Marine Corps
Chief, South and Southeast Asia DivisionsStrategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff
- US Naval War College, Newport Ri
US Naval War CollegeNational Security and Strategic Studies
- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md
United States Naval AcademyEngineering
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Currently the Director of Marine Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Headquarters, Robert Claypool wields more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the military and a cache of accolades including the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, Robert Claypool served throughout the World and concluded in a string of major roles to include major command, squadron command and important Pentagon posts. As AV-8 Requirements Officer, Robert Claypool held responsibilities in the maintenance of aircraft and weapon infrastructures. Additionally, Claypool was deeply involved in an initiative that better prepared his community for warfare and implemented the first open architecture mission computer used by the U.S. Department of Defense; he also obtained capital that went toward increased safety measures. His talents in this regard ultimately led to his appointment as Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 214, a highly competitive position that he held for two years. Robert Claypool supervised more than 20 aircraft and upwards of 225 individuals in the preparation and follow-through of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under Claypool’s guidance, the squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation. Throughout the subsequent five years, Robert Claypool assumed a string of other leadership roles, among them Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 13, Chief of the South and Southeast Asia Divisions of the Joint Staff, and Chief of Staff with the Commandant’s Force Structure Review Group. He also pursued further education in his field and procured a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. In his present role as the Director of Marine Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements, Robert Claypool is responsible for all aviation programs and weapons and sustainment of 1,300 planes throughout the world; contributes to budgeting designs including the recent Future Years Defense Program through the fiscal year 2016; and offers counsel in areas of acquisitions, and operations. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.