Capt. Dr Robert Koch

Captain Dr. Robert Koch is Branch Head Cyberspace at Allied Command Transformation, Portfolio Manager, and the primary Cyberspace point of contact to Senior ACT leadership. He manages and coordinates the Cyberspace Programme and represents SACT, DCOS and ACOS on high level cyber-related engagements. Captain Dr. Koch entered the German Navy in 1998. After officer training, university education and subsequent operational and technical training, he served as Deputy Weapon Engineering Officer with deployments to NATO and UN operations. During his subsequent time as a research assistant at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, he wrote a dissertation in the area of IT Security, and thereafter was commissioned as Weapon Engineering Officer with deployments to NATO and EU missions. After the National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course, Captain Dr. Koch served as Action Officer Cyber in the Communication and Information Systems Command, built up the new Penetration Testing capability of the Federal Armed Forces as Department Head in the Center for Cyber Security, and served as Desk Officer Cyber Policy in the Federal Ministry of Defence. From October 2021 to September 2023, he was Section Head Interoperability Verification & Validation and the Director of NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination and eXercise (CWIX). Since October 2023, he is Branch Head Cyber in NATO ACT. Beside his military career, Captain Dr. Koch is active in research and teaching in his spare time. He has lecturing assignments at different universities and is Assistant Professor at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, holds a Diploma in Informatics, a Master’s Degree in Military Leadership and International Security, and two doctoral degrees.