A native of San Jose, California, Rear Adm. Robert Sharp graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1988. He holds a Naval War College diploma, and earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 2008.
His previous operational tours include deployments with USS Ranger (CV61), Carrier Air Wing 2 embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64), and Carrier Group 2 embarked on USS Harry S. Truman. Additionally, he conducted multiple deployments to Afghanistan as a J2 of a Special Operations Task Force, leading joint, inter-agency intelligence professionals supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sharp’s shore tours include assistant intelligence officer for Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific, instructor duty at the Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific, targeting officer on the Joint Staff, Intelligence Operations officer with U.S. Fleet Forces Command, director of Intelligence for Naval Special Warfare Development Group, director of Intelligence and deputy director for the Maritime Operations Center for Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, and senior fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group. He commanded Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command from August 2010 to August 2012.
In addition to multiple personal, unit and campaign awards he has been the recipient of the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor award for excellence in instruction, the Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton leadership award, and the Naval Intelligence Foundation award for excellence in operational intelligence support to the Fleet.