Roberta-diane Judith Perna, Ph.D. is a highly regarded Senior Military Analyst with more than fifteen years experience that includes analyzing, writing, and editing strategic communications. Her work specializes in Strategic Planning and Communications for diverse audiences that include Congress, senior military leaders, the joint services, and the business community. At the present time, Dr. Perna is an independent consultant for Shipley Associates, a firm based in Utah that provides proposal writing support to the defense contractor community nationwide. She also serves as an independent consultant for Mission Support Services, a firm specializing in proposal responses, based in northern Virginia.
Previous work includes rewriting and editing strategic communications for the Army, concept development for Joint Forces Command J-9, and technical editing for the Future Combat System Test and Evaluation Master Plan, the FCS IV&V Master Plan, and reports for the Rapid Equipping Force covering biometrics and power surety, as well as work in the private sector. She has also published numerous Army-related articles. In 2002, Dr. Perna was the senior editor for the Army’s Transformation Roadmap. In early 2003, she provided senior writing and editorial support for the Army’s Posture Statement, a document prepared annually which contains the written testimony of the SECARMY and the CSA to Congress on the state of the Army. Following this assignment, Dr. Perna provided support to Army Strategic Communications where she developed numerous briefings and pamphlets specifically designed to give the Army’s senior leaders talking points for their presentations.
In 2004, Dr. Perna served as the senior editor for the “Serving a Nation At War – A Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities,” white paper and developed the wording for the display panels used in the related exhibit at the annual AUSA Convention. Other assignments in 2004 included work as a Senior Concept Developer at Joint Forces Command to develop two joint operating concepts, one covering a decision Making and Collaborative Planning process, and the other a Joint Operations Campaign construct. Other work for Joint Forces Command included work on other miscellaneous documents and Power Point presentations relating to the Joint Wargaming effort. She also participated in the Marine Corps annual Joint Urban War Fight as a member of the green cell undertaking the role of a proactive female, Iraqi professor. Other war game participation included a similar role for the Army’s 2005 Unified Quest. Following the war game, Dr. Perna participated in the Senior Leadership Seminar (SLS) with pre- and post work as part of the series of wargaming events. She reviewed, wrote, and edited the SLS briefing and associated documents to provide a briefing and script for use as the TRADOC “Road Show. In August 2005, Dr. Perna served as an assistant to the game director for the Air Force wargame with the assignment of collecting insights relating to Information Operations from the various cells.
In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Perna served as the senior editor for the Future Combat System (FCS) Test and Evaluation Master Plan-Milestone B, and the FCS Verification, Validation, and Accreditation plan. During the first quarter of 2007, Dr. Perna provided writing and editing assistance for reports to the Rapid Equipping Force covering Biometrics and Power Assurance. During 2009 and 2010, Dr. Perna worked as a member of the team to design architecture for counter-improvised explosive device training. She has also published numerous articles for on subjects of interest related to the Army and Information Operations.
Clients in the private sector include the Senior Military Colleges as well as the corporate communications for several small companies. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Perna served as a member of the Army Science Board from October 2000 through October 2008. Panel assignments on the Army Science Board included: the Future Threat Environment-2001 Objective Force Warrior Summer Study; the 2001 Venture Capital ad hoc study; the 2002 Human Robotics Interface ad hoc study; Gold Team member-2002 Ensuring the Financial Viability of the Future Force Summer Study; chair-Previous Studies-2003 Force Protection Summer Study; DOTMLPF-2004 Force Balance Summer Study; and Red Team member-Army Science Board web site redesign. Dr. Perna served as the chair for the Joint Interdependence panel for the 2005 Modular Force Summer Study; and as a member of the 2005 and 2006 Information Operations Task Force study. She was a member of the 2007 Summer Studies Red Team. In 2008, Dr. Perna served as a member of the IO Task Force study requested by the VCSA and the TRADOC Commander.
Dr. Perna's other published credits include a broad range of subjects across the spectrum of military, political, and art history spheres of influence. In 2009, IO Journal published an article entitled The Role of Background cnversations, Culture and a Harmonized Communications Strategy in Effecting Change in its inaugural issue.
In the past, Dr. Perna served as a Vice President for the George Washington Chapter AUSA board, as a member of the Senior Information Operations Advisory Council, and is a Director Emeritus of the Norwich University Alumni Association. In April 2000, Dr. Perna became the first woman named a Distinguished Member of the Regiment, 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard). Dr. Perna’s educational background focuses on the use of various media for propaganda purposes. She received her B.A. from Denver University, and her M.A. from Norwich University. Her Ph.D. conferred by the Union Institute and University includes seminar work completed at St. Johns College of Oxford University, Mills College, and Sweetbriar College.
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