Wielding a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy as well as a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Robert Claypool currently employs his education and more than 25 years of experience in a post with the Marine Corps Headquarters. As Director of Marine Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements, Robert Claypool acts as the lead counsel to the Aviaiton Departments' leadership and offers his guidance to programs including Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) and Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCDIS). Additionally, he contributes to budget blueprinting on both annual and longer-term levels, most recently a $90 billion plan for the defense program’s next 5 years. Outside of coordinating the use of capital, Robert Claypool is responsible for a portfolio that includes all Marine manned aircraft programs and assits in managing the well-being of 1,300 aircraft across the world, approximately $8 billion in weapons systems. Before securing his present post, Robert Claypool held a series of demanding leadership roles. As Chief of Staff of the Commandant’s Force Structure Review Group, Claypool organized and help lead more than 50 subject matter experts in the redesign of future Marine Corps operations in logistics, command, ground, and air; this group's recommendations ultimately resulted in a cost savings of nearly $10 billion. Claypool applied his skills in planning as Chief of the South and Southeast Asia Divisions of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During this period, Robert Claypool plotted the policies surrounding international political-military operations in nearly 40 Asian countries and assisted the Secretary of Defense in communications with officials in India. A recognized strategist capable in the organization of resources and materials in the U.S. and abroad, Robert Claypool also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 13, Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 214, and AV-8 Requirements Officer within the Headquarters of Marine Corps Aviation.