Rob Murray is a nonresident senior fellow in the Forward Defense program and the Transatlantic Security Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Currently, Murray serves as the chief innovation officer at Saab, Inc. and as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches innovation and strategy.

He is a co-author of the Council’s 2023 Harnessing Allied Space Capabilities paper series. He dedicated nearly a decade to the NATO international staff in Brussels, serving under consecutive secretary generals with roles ranging from NATO’s head of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to NATO’s inaugural head of innovation. Among his contributions, Murray designed and negotiated the agreement for NATO’s Defence Accelerator for the North Atlantic and the one-billion-dollar NATO Innovation Fund, a multi-sovereign venture capital fund for dual-use deep technologies. In addition, Murray wrote and led the successful negotiations of NATO’s Emerging and Disruptive Technology Policy in which the Alliance agreed to principles of responsible use of artificial intelligence. Murray’s work has been published by outlets such as the Financial Times and Chatham House.

Murray served for ten years as a British army officer specializing in surveillance and reconnaissance. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a master’s degree in international relations from Staffordshire University, and a Master of Science in intelligence management from the University of Lincoln. He graduated from Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2002 and is an honorary practice fellow of Imperial College London.