Robert S. Taylor
Robert S. Taylor previously served as Principal Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense. He was appointed to that position in April 2009 by Secretary Gates, to serve under then-General Counsel Jeh Johnson, and he continued to serve under Stephen Preston and Jennifer O’Connor. In that position, subject to the overall direction of the General Counsel, Mr. Taylor provided oversight, guidance, and direction regarding legal advice on all matters within or affecting the Department of Defense, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, and the Defense Agencies. Legal issues within his purview included questions concerning the use of force, intelligence collection, cyber security and operations, acquisition, personnel, military justice, fiscal matters, and environmental compliance.
In addition to his service as Principal Deputy, Mr. Taylor served as the Acting General Counsel of DoD for two extended periods, totaling almost two years. During those periods, he was the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense.
Articles by this author:
Federal Employees’ Liability Risks for Following Illegal Directives to Interfere in 2020 Election
Oct 28th, 2020
A Caution to Pentagon Officials Asked to Obligate “National Emergency” Funds
Jan 8th, 2019
Concerning the Congressional Prohibition on U.S.-Russia Bilateral Military Cooperation
Jul 19th, 2018
A Model for Improving Cooperation in Cyber – the Highway Safety Act?
May 30th, 2018
Cyber, Sovereignty, and North Korea–And the Risk of Inaction
Oct 31st, 2017