Colonel Robert Alvaro

Chief, Security Cooperation and Interagency Integration

Colonel Robert Alvaro is the Perry Center's Chief of Security Cooperation and Interagency Integration. He is responsible for helping the Center construct sustainable networks of security and defense leaders to promote policy understanding and mutually supportive approaches to security and defense challenges in the Americas. Also responsible for integration of the Center’s activities with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the interagency, and two Combatant Commands.

As an Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) specializing in Latin America, his assignments included: Commandant Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), Chief, Office of Security Cooperation-Nicaragua; Deputy Army Section Chief, Officer of Security Cooperation-Iraq; Country Director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Political-Military Planner; Country Desk officer at the United States Southern Command; and Exchange Instructor at the Argentine Army Mountain Operations School.

As an infantry officer, he served from as Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Plans Officer in the Second Infantry Division, South Korea; and Battalion Logistical Officer, Company Executive Officer, and Platoon Leader and in the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.

He holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of South Florida and a BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, as well as the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College.

His military awards and decorations include a Legion of Merit, Bronze Medal, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a Distinguished Defense Award, an Expert Infantryman’s Badge, a Master Parachutist Badge, and German, Canadian, and French Parachutist Badges.

Updated / Actualizado: June 05, 2020