Robert J. Darling
At a glance:As a public speaker, Robert Darling has addressed numerous academic, government, military, and civic organizations to include the CIA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Navy Space Warfare Center, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Washington DC Chapter of the Program Management Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Iona College, Defense Language School, and the Military Officers’ Association of America. He has also guest lectured on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001. In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in Financial Management and subsequently served as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program. As a public speaker on crisis leadership and decision making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government, and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a guest lecturer on the subject of Crisis Leadership and
Counter-terrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Bob is the author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House and
the President and CEO of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, a crisis leadership, decision
making, and training company located in Stafford, Virginia.
Inside the President’s Bunker A Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making PresentationLt. Col. Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 with just over twenty years of
active duty service. After an impressive early career piloting attack helicopters in Desert Shield, Desert
Storm, and as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, he was handpicked in October
2000 to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in this position that, during the attack of September 11, 2001, he supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the underground President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and witnessed unprecedented leadership and decision making at the highest levels of our government. Lt. Col. Darling chronicles these developments in his book: 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with his audiences with an “edge of your seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the
necessary steps to protect and safeguard their employees, organizations and their communities.