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Dr. Robert J. Bunker

External Researcher

Photo ROBERT J. BUNKER was the 2015 Futurist in Residence, Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy in Quantico, VA. Currently, he is an adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). He is also an adjunct faculty member, Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University, and a non-resident counterterrorism fellow with TRENDS Research & Advisory in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Past professional associations include: Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at SSI, USAWC; Chief Executive Officer, Counter-OPFOR Corporation; adjunct faculty, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California; terrorism instructor, California Specialized Training Institute, California Office of Emergency Services; staff member (consultant), Counter-OPFOR Program, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-West; fellow, Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army; adjunct faculty, National Security Studies M.A. Program and Political Science Department, California State University, San Bernardino, CA; and faculty, Unconventional Warfare M.A. Distance Education Program, American Military University. Dr. Bunker has delivered more than 200 presentations—including papers and training—to military, law enforcement, academic, and policy audiences, including U.S. congressional testimony. He has hundreds of publications, including: edited books and booklets, reports, chapters, articles and essays, response guidance, subject bibliographies, and encyclopedia entries in academic, policy, military, and law enforcement venues. Among these are Studies in Gangs and Cartels, with John P. Sullivan (Routledge, 2013), and Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training, with Stephen Sloan (University of Oklahoma, 2011); and edited (and co-edited) works including Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies (Routledge, 2014), Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas: The Gangs and Cartels Wage War (Routledge, 2012), Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries (Routledge, 2011), Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers (Routledge, 2008), Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency (Routledge, 2005), and Non-State Threats and Future Wars (Routledge, 2002). Dr. Bunker holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science, and history.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Robert J. Bunker

  • Armed Robotic Systems Emergence: Weapons Systems Life Cycles Analysis and New Strategic Realities

    November 14, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    This monograph analyzes the historical weapons systems life cycles of the early 9th through the mid-16th-century knight, the mid-19th through the later 20th-century battleship, and the early 20th through the early 21st-century tank. Next, it applies the knowledge gained to provide strategic context and governmental guidance concerning the emergence of armed robotic systems—drones and droids—on the modern battlefield.

  • Old and New Insurgency Forms

    March 15, 2016

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    While the study of insurgency extends well over 100 years and has its origins in the guerrilla and small wars of the 19th century and beyond, almost no cross-modal analysis—that is, dedicated insurgency form typology identification—has been conducted. This monograph creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic implications for U.S. defense policy as they relate to each of these forms.

  • Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Use, Potentials, and Military Implications

    August 27, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    U.S. Army organizations and its sister services are effected by nonstate threat unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone) use, as well as domestic policing and federal law enforcement bodies tasked with counterterrorism and homeland security missions. This technology can and will be used against U.S. troops deployed overseas and against civilians back home.

  • Cartel Car Bombings in Mexico

    August 16, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Mr. John P. Sullivan.
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    The authors provide an analysis of cartel car bombing incidents in Mexico, with about 20 incidents identified over the last 2 1/2 years. Use patterns are discussed, along with future car bombing potentials in Mexico and the United States.

  • Five-Dimensional (Cyber) Warfighting: Can the Army After Next be Defeated Through Complex Concepts and Technologies?

    March 01, 1998

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
    The theme for the U.S. Army War College's Ninth Annual Strategy Conference (April 1998) is "Challenging the United States Symmetrically and Asymmetrically: Can America Be Defeated?" Dr. Robert J. Bunker of California State University, San Bernardino, answers the question with an emphatic "yes."