General Robert Magnus, USMC (Retired)
Director of Military Medical Benefits
Robert Magnus is a senior executive with diverse experience leading and managing large organizations. He was the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. An aviation unit commander, he led a composite fixed and rotary wing squadron on overseas deployment, commanded five air bases in California and Arizona (1997-1999) with $125 million annual budgets, was deputy commanding general (1999-2000) for Marine Forces in the Pacific, and was second in command (2005-2008) of the 250,000 Marines and Sailors in the Corps.
His staff assignments include management of the Marine Corps requirements and finances (2001-2005) with $14 billion-$42 billion annual wartime budgets, oversight of the $100 million Morale and Welfare Services Program, Marine Corps member on the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and on the Joint DoD-Department of Veterans Affairs Oversight Council.
Retiring after 40 years of military service, Robert has worked as an outside director for several industries: Agusta-Westland NA (aviation, 2009-2016), All My Sons (moving and storage, 2018-present), Center for Naval Analyses (defense, 2009-2011, trustee), EnerSys (energy solutions, 2008-present), Elbit Systems of America (defense, aviation, optical and medical systems, 2009-2020, retiring as board chairman), Fairway Holdings (retail market chain, 2014-2016), and Common Defense Quarterly (publication, 2010-2014, editorial board chairman).
He has consulted for American Defense Systems (ballistic armor and glass), Booz-Allen-Hamilton (defense), General Dynamics (combat vehicles), Huntington Ingalls (ship construction), the Judlau Companies (heavy construction), Lockheed Martin (aviation), Liberty Maritime (maritime ship owner-operator), Northrup Grumman (unmanned air vehicles), Sterling Investment Partners (equity), and QinetiQ NA (defense).
Robert was Chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (2009-2011). He has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University, and is a graduate of the National War College.