Robert T. "Bo" Marlin, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is the Technical Adviser for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities and Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The directorate comprises more than 80 military, civilian and contractor personnel who provide functional and program management of ISR programs and projects involving the expenditure of some $4 billion annually. Major programs include the RC-135, U-2, Predator, Global Hawk, F-16 Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System, Distributed Common Ground System, Cobra Dane, Cobra Judy and a variety of unit-level intelligence systems. Mr. Marlin is responsible for developing and advocating Air Force policy on human, geospatial, signals, and measurement and signatures intelligence. He also represents the Air Force on ISR matters in discussions with Congress, the intelligence community, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff and other services.
Mr. Marlin served in the Air Force from 1978 to 2007, retiring at the rank of Colonel. While on active duty, he served as an electronic warfare officer and accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours in all models of the RC-135. He commanded the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, 543rd Intelligence Group, Medina Regional Security Operations Center and was Vice Commander of the 67th Information Operations Wing. He completed his active-duty service as the Director of ISR Capabilities at the Pentagon.