Robert Densmore

Robert Densmore was awarded a bachelor of arts in political science from Amherst College, Massachusetts in 2000. That same year he joined the officer ranks of the US Navy. He subsequently qualified as a Naval Flight Officer and went on to Fleet Replacement Squadron VAQ-129 where he qualified as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler. Following completion of training, he was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134, a Prowler Expeditionary Squadron. During this time, Mr Densmore participated in multiple air exercises and large scale airborne training evolutions including Red Flag Exercises at Nellis Air Force Base. In 2004, he deployed with VAQ-134 to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in Task Force Iron. Operational duties included EA support roles and Counter-RCIED strikes. In addition, his Prowler crews performed alert tasking in theatre, supporting special warfare forces on the ground. Collateral duties included assistant operations designations.

The EA-6B Prowler remains the only operational Electronic Attack Aircraft in the US inventory. It counters the enemy by degrading, disrupting and destroying ground and air based weapons and communications networks in order to provide sanctuary to US and allied strike aircraft and ground forces whilst simeltaneously neutralising enemy forces. Many of the Prowler's roles and capabilities remain classified.

Following his naval career, Mr Densmore became a freelance foreign journalist and, in 2006, he returned to Afghanistan to cover civilian and military issues. There he participated in combat operations as an embedded journalist, deploying with both British and American forces, to include the 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions. In 2007, he completed a series of published interviews with Taliban commanders in the borderlands near Kandahar.

In 2008, Mr Densmore was awarded an MSc from King's College London in War and Psychiatry and is currently completing research on mental health issues among private security contractors in Afghanistan. He now serves as Editor for Defence IQ.

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The Weekly Recap: it’s a monster session this week as Jonathan Dowdall kicks off with some detailed analysis of the Libya campaign, making time for us to dwell upon our favourite topic: Special Forces. Keith Mallon then cowers in fear at the prospect of the Iranian Navy deploying a ship off the coast of the United States. But this is...Full Article »
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The Weekly Recap: In a valiant effort to avoid coming to the point, we've produced one of our longest roundtable podcasts to date. Fortunately, it's also exceedingly entertaining and, to some extent, informative. We jump off the deep end with Keith Mallon's commentary on the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap: After a week spent hard at work gathering the industry's latest stories at DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) in London, we settle down to our roundtable podcast session - none the wiser. Defence Dateline's Jonathan Dowdall and Defence IQ's Keith Mallon join Senior Editor Robert Densmore in...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap: Anti-terror treaties, Delhi attacks and Help for Heroes squabbles with the MoD only scratch the surface of our weekly defence coverage. It comes down to Defence IQ's Keith Mallon and Senior Editor Robert Densmore to take a closer look at some notable developments in world events. We first stop off with Keith's...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap: We pick up where we left off after our all-too-brief summer recess and what better place to begin than with the UK MoD's recent round of personnel cuts. In a rare demonstration of political fuming, Defence Dateline's Jonathan Dowdall unleashes on the Labour Party's Shadow Defence Secretary. But not before Defence...Full Article »
Professor Peter Sommer, cyber security lecturer at the London School of Economics and author of the seminal 1980s guide, ‘The Hacker's Handbook’, speaks with Defence IQ Editor Robert Densmore on the legal quandaries presented to us by the cyber domain. Densmore: Okay, we talked about the state-on-state aspect. When...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap Just like a recurring nightmare, the Weekly Recap has returned once again to bring you random thoughts and speculation on the week's defence and security news. Senior Editor Robert Densmore is joined by Defence IQ's Keith Mallon and Defence Dateline correspondent Jonathan Dowdall to blitz through our international news...Full Article »
During the first week of NATO air strikes in Libya, Defence IQ’s own Senior Editor, Robert Densmore, reflected on his experience as a US naval officer in the EA-6B, and considered the likely use and evaluation of the EA-18G in Libya, as the new generation of electronic fighters takes up its first combat outing. Sweating and buzzing...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap: From false Libyan missiles to the folding of US Army's Joint Forces Command, we fully immerse ourselves in the week's noteworthy headlines. Defence Dateline columnist Jonathan Dowdall also has the opportunity to try out his German when it comes to commenting on Franco-German naval production ambitions (via...Full Article »
The Weekly Recap: We've given our beloved weekly recap a bit of a shake and stir - and all in the name of noteworthy defence news coverage (and perhaps a bit more bias). Disclaimers aside, we are proud to bring Defence IQ's own Keith Mallon on board for this week's show in order to assist the usual suspects. Defence Dateline...Full Article »
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