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Robert Densmore

Robert Densmore was awarded a bachelor of arts in political science from Amherst College, Massachusetts in 2000. That same year he joined the officer ranks of the US Navy. He subsequently qualified as a Naval Flight Officer and went on to Fleet Replacement Squadron VAQ-129 where he qualified as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler. Following completion of training, he was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134, a Prowler Expeditionary Squadron. During this time, Mr Densmore participated in multiple air exercises and large scale airborne training evolutions including Red Flag Exercises at Nellis Air Force Base. In 2004, he deployed with VAQ-134 to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in Task Force Iron. Operational duties included EA support roles and Counter-RCIED strikes. In addition, his Prowler crews performed alert tasking in theatre, supporting special warfare forces on the ground. Collateral duties included assistant operations designations.

The EA-6B Prowler remains the only operational Electronic Attack Aircraft in the US inventory. It counters the enemy by degrading, disrupting and destroying ground and air based weapons and communications networks in order to provide sanctuary to US and allied strike aircraft and ground forces whilst simeltaneously neutralising enemy forces. Many of the Prowler's roles and capabilities remain classified.

Following his naval career, Mr Densmore became a freelance foreign journalist and, in 2006, he returned to Afghanistan to cover civilian and military issues. There he participated in combat operations as an embedded journalist, deploying with both British and American forces, to include the 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions. In 2007, he completed a series of published interviews with Taliban commanders in the borderlands near Kandahar.

In 2008, Mr Densmore was awarded an MSc from King's College London in War and Psychiatry and is currently completing research on mental health issues among private security contractors in Afghanistan. He now serves as Editor for Defence IQ.