CDR Robert Cadena, USN
Commander Robert Cadena is native of Los Angeles, CA, and began his Navy career enlisted, completing boot camp in Orlando, FL. His first tour was as a nuclear trained Machinist Mate serving on board the USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN 695) home ported out of Pearl Harbor, HI until 1995.
In 1998, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles through the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP). After receiving his commission he then entered into the Navy flight-training program stationed in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX.
Commander Cadena then served on board the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) out of Bremerton, WA in 2000. His duties were a Tactical Action Officer, Junior Officer of the Deck, Electronic Warfare (EW) officer and Operations Department OW Division officer.
He began his career in the Information Warfare Community when he was re-designated as a Cryptologist in 2003 and was assigned to Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland (NIOC MD), at Fort Meade, MD. His assignments were to the National Security Operations Center watch floor as the Military Support Officer, supporting offices, and the Officer Assignments Coordinator on the NIOC MD staff.
In 2007, Commander Cadena reported to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Fort Bragg, NC. His duties consisted as the J2 SIGINT Division Chief, Joint SIGINT Technical Expeditionary Troop Commander, and liaison officer to various intelligence community (IC) and inter-agency (IA) headquarters.
Commander Cadena reported to Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, VA, in 2011, as the Information Operations (IO) Troop Commander. His team of Cryptologist professionals worked jointly on R & D projects enhancing testing, tactics, and procedures on Cyber, SIGINT, and EW capabilities partnering with other military service components, the IA/IC and partnering nations.
In 2014, he reported to COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT staff in Bahrain as the Kinetic Non-kinetic IO Fires Effects (KNIFE) Chief, Special Access Programs Coordinator and Special Technical Operations Chief. KNIFE is a joint N2/N39 department with a team of Cyber, IO, EW and Intel Fires professionals, and coalition partners.
Commander Cadena has a BA in Economics with minors in Math and Naval Science from UCLA, a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Edison College, and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His deployments include the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), Horn of Africa (HOA), and supporting other contingency operations.