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Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Deputy Director

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Mr. Lee is a member of the Senior Executive Service and has been the Deputy Director, for the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response since September 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lee was the Department Emergency Response Training and Exercise Program Manager. He has also served as Acting Director of the Office of Security for seven months.

Mr. Lee came to the U.S. Department of Transportation from a 17-year career in private industry where he was the Senior Vice President of Community Research Associates (CRA), a leading professional services company that provided exercise and training support to a wide range of Federal, State, and local government customers. Mr. Lee has been involved as a planner in counterterrorism exercises since 1996 and managed hundreds of counterterrorism/emergency response exercises for Federal, State, and local governments.

As a contractor for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Mr. Lee conducted over 35 emergency response exercises at United States Embassies and U.S. Consulates overseas. Additionally, Mr. Lee worked for three years as a contractor in direct support of the American Red Cross National Disaster Operations Division providing hurricane response training and exercises to American Red Cross State Chapters in hurricane prone states and areas.


Prior to joining private industry as a training and exercise expert, Mr. Lee served as a professional military officer in the United States Army. His worldwide assignments included tours of duty in South Vietnam and Germany serving in a variety of Command and Staff positions within Infantry and Assault Helicopter units. Mr. Lee spent the last six years of his 22 year military career in the Pentagon serving on the Army and Secretary of Defense Staff. Mr. Lee ended his military service in 1988 as a Regular Army Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Lee is a graduate of Paris American High School, Paris France, and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Lee also earned an M.A. degree in Management from Central Michigan University. Additionally he is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, in Norfolk, Virginia; the U.S. State Department National Security Executive Leadership Seminar; and the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education for Leadership in Crisis.

Mr. Lee is a recipient of two U.S. Secretary of Transportation Gold Medals for exceptional operational performance (one for the Department’s response to hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005: and one for the Department response to hurricane Irene in 2011); the Secretary’s Valor Award in 2008; and the U.S. Department of Transportation Silver Medal for Outstanding performance and exemplary leadership in 2008. On a personal level, Mr. Lee is an active member of his community and has served as a board member on several local associations. This includes being an Assistant Scout Master/Committee Board Chairman for a Boy Scouts of America Troop and a former Disaster Action Team Leader volunteer in the American Red Cross Chapter of Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Lee is married and has two sons, both of whom are Eagle Scouts.

Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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