Dr. Leif Rosenberger served as a practitioner, scholar and educator in the US government for 35 years before retiring in March of 2016. His specialty is connecting economics and security. His last assignment was Chief Economist at US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida from 2008-2016. Before that he held a similar position as the Chief Economist at the US Pacific Command (PACOM) in Hawaii from 1998 to 2008. He previously worked at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) from 1986 to 1998 where he rose to the position of Full Professor of Economics and was a prolific writer in the Strategic Studies Institute where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Academic Chair of Research.
Dr. Rosenberger ran the 24-hour alert center on counterterrorism in the Pentagon. At PACOM, he authored two books on Asian economies that received the highest 5-star ratings from the Australian National University. At CENTCOM, Dr. Rosenberger was a policy entrepreneur, initiating the New Silk Road Initiative, which transformed U.S. economic policy in Afghanistan. He has received numerous awards along the way. He was twice chosen as US Federal Employee of the Year and twice chosen as Professional of the Year at PACOM. He won four faculty writing awards at USAWC, and in 2008, Access Asia ranked him its top expert out of 700 specialists on Asian economies.
Dr. Rosenberger left the US government at the top of his game. During his last two years of US government service, he wrote 20 Economic Strategy Papers for the Combined Strategic Analysis Group at CENTCOM. At the time of his retirement, he received the prestigious Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. Dr. Rosenberger holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University; an M.A. from Boston University; and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School, where he held the Merit Fellowship as the top ranking student.