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Robert William Komer, American government official, consultant. Decorated Bronze Star; National Order Vietnam; Vietnam Gold Economy medal; Vietnam Croix de Guerre; Revolutionary Development medal (Vietnam); Grand Cross, German Order of Merit; recipient Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1967; Distinguished Honor award State Department; medal and oak leaf cluster for Distinguished Public Service Department of Defense.


Komer, Robert William was born on February 23, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1942; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1947; student, National War College, 1956-1957.


With Directorate of Intelligence and Office National Estimates, Central Intelligence Agency, 1947-1960. Senior staff member National Security Council, 1961-1965. Deputy special assistant to President for national security affairs, 1965-1966.

Special assistant to President, 1966-1967. Deputy to Commander USMACV for Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, 1967-1968. Ambassador to Turkey, 1968-1969.

Senior social science researcher Rand Corporation, Washington, 1969-1977. Adviser to secretary defense for North Atlantic Treaty Organization affairs, 1977-1979. Undersecretary for policy United States Department Defense, Washington, 1979-1981.

Visiting fellow George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1981-1982. Adjunct professor George Washington University, 1981-1984. Board advisory Council on Foreign Relations.

Board visitors National Defense U, 1964-1970, consultant Rand Corporation since 1982.


Served to First lieutenant Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Lieutenant colonel Reserve. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Son of Nathan A and Stella (Deiches) K. Married Geraldine M. Peplin, November 3, 1961 (deceased). Children: Douglas Robert, Richard Donen, Anne Elizabeth.

Nathan Komer

Geraldine M. Peplin

Anne Elizabeth Komer

Douglas Robert Komer

Richard Donen Komer