Capt. Robert E. Palisin
Assistant Chief of Naval Research
Capt. Robert Palisin is a 1986 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in nuclear engineering.
Upon commissioning in 1986, he entered the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and, after completing 15 months of advanced training, reported to USS TINOSA (SSN 606). Palisin served as the reactor control and electrical division officer, damage control assistant, communicator, and assistant weapons officer. While aboard, the TINOSA deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and UNITAS (South America).
Following his first sea tour, Palisin continued his education while performing duties as an NROTC instructor, earning a master's degree in nuclear engineering and a masters of business administration from The Ohio State University.
Palisin completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in 1993, and subsequently reported to USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 740) as new construction engineer at Electric Boat Shipyard in New London, Conn. After completing construction and sea trials, he made three strategic deterrent patrols as a member of the USS RHODE ISLAND Gold Crew.
He reported to the USS TOPEKA (SSN 754) as executive officer in April 1999. During his tour, TOPEKA made two Western Pacific deployments and an Eastern Pacific deployment, performing numerous missions of great importance to national security.
Palisin served as the commanding officer of USS MAINE (SSBN 741) from January 2004 to June 2006. His crew completed four strategic deterrent patrols and completed an interfleet transfer from Kings Bay, Ga., to Bangor, Wash. Over the course of his command tour, his crew was consistently recognized for having the highest retention in the submarine force.
Additionally, he served tours ashore at the Naval Sea Systems Command as an executive assistant for SEA 92/Team Submarine, on the chief of naval personnel support staff as nuclear power program enlisted community manager (N133D) and as chief of staff and Special Activities Division chief for USSTRATCOM Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), and the Defense Intelligence Operations Coordination Center (DIOCC) at the Defense Intelligence Agency on Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC.
Palisin is a 2007 graduate of the National Defense University, National War College, having earned a master's degree in national security strategy. He has served at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as deputy department head for the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department.
In July 2013, he assumed responsibilities as assistant chief of naval research - deputy to the chief of naval research at ONR headquarters.