1/6/2020 - Present
Robert J. Sander was sworn into office on January 6, 2020, as the 23rd General Counsel of the Department of the Navy after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on December 19, 2019. As General Counsel, Mr. Sander is the Department of the Navy’s (DON) Chief Legal Officer and head of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). He leads nearly 1000 civilian and uniformed attorneys and professional support staff in 140 offices worldwide. DON OGC provides legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy, the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy and their staffs, and the multiple components of the Department, to include the Navy and the Marine Corps.In July 2018, Mr. Sander served as the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Army. He then became The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel of the Army in June 2019. During his time with the Army Office of General Counsel, Mr. Sander’s duties included providing legal and policy advice to the Secretary of the Army, the Army Secretariat, and other Senior Army leaders.Prior to becoming Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Army, Mr. Sander performed a detail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Office of General Counsel. From 2010 to 2019, Mr. Sander worked as a Federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section. Previously, Mr. Sander served as the Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit and the Captain of the Narcotics Enforcement Team in the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Sander also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.In his military capacity, Mr. Sander is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he serves as a Senior Legal Advisor for the Network Enterprise Technology Command and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Mr. Sander also currently serves an Adjunct Professor at the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Sander previously deployed to Djibouti, Africa for 13 months as the Acting/Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and was deployed for six months in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, where he served as Trial Counsel for V Corps in Darmstadt, Germany.Mr. Sander received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Widener University School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and a member of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Sander also has a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence Degree from the National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Temple University.