Robert Peacock is a nonresident senior fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, where his work builds on his past role supporting the highly correlated goals of reducing corruption in critical infrastructure procurement and developing cybersecurity resilience in the Global South. Peacock currently serves as senior technical advisor for cybersecurity development programs, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), across a half dozen countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Peacock’s past advisory roles have included developing assistance programs in Armenia, Mozambique, Morocco, while more recently serving as a co-creator for USAID’s first bilateral cybersecurity program (Ukraine) and first regional cyber pathway for women program (Balkans).
Peacock’s early career included receiving two meritorious service medals while leading grey arms and sanctions enforcement cases at the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He also received a superior service medal, which he earned as a political officer in the US Embassy in Kyiv. While pursuing his doctorate, Peacock stood up US Department of Justice law enforcement reform offices in four countries. A perpetual scholar, Peacock is currently pursuing an MS in cybersecurity and cyber governance at Boston College to add to his degrees from the University of Michigan (public policy), Ohio University (MBA), and Michigan State University (PhD in criminal justice).