Bob Harward is the Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin in UAE and was appointed to his current role in January 2014. A resident of Abu Dhabi, he is responsible for strategy, operations and execution of programs to strengthen the partnership, while enhancing industrial relationships with the commercial, civilian, and political leadership of UAE.
Mr. Harward recently retired as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander US Central Command (USCENTCOM). Mr. Harward served on the National Security Council in the Office of Combating Terrorism for the Bush Administration and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center in 2005. As a Navy SEAL, Bob served in a variety of SEAL and Special Operations Commands to include command of US and Coalition forces under a variety of Task Forces conducting combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over six years since Sept 11, 2001. His final tour in Afghanistan was from November 2009 to July 2011 where he commanded Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 responsible for developing Rule of Law and Detention operations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Born in Newport, R.I., Mr. Harward grew up in a Navy family in Iran (1967 to 1979) and graduated from the US Naval Academy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Security Affairs from the Naval War College, is a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies Foreign Policy Program, and served as a Federal Executive Fellow at RAND (Santa Monica).
Mr. Harward’s significant recognitions include the Donovan Award from the CIA, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of State, the German Silver Star, the Polish Silver Star, and he was designated a Commander of the Polish GROM (Special Operation Forces). The Department of Defense awarded him the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (three), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star with V device (four), and the Presidential Unit Citation (two) for leading troops in combat.