A native of San Jose, California, Rear Adm. Bob Sharp graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts 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 (CVW) 2 embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) and Carrier Group 2 embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Additionally, he conducted multiple deployments to Afghanistan as a J2 of 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 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group. He commanded Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command from August 2010 to August 2012.
Sharp assumed command of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and became director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in April 2016. ONI and NMIO are the leading providers of global maritime intelligence and intelligence integration, respectively, for the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense and the national interagency policy community.
During his initial flag assignment he served as director for intelligence (J2), U.S. Special Operations Command.
In addition to multiple personal, unit and campaign awards he has been the recipient of the Vice Adm. Rufus L. Taylor award for excellence in instruction, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Rear Adm. Edwin T. Layton leadership award and the Naval Intelligence Foundation award for excellence in operational intelligence support to the Fleet.