LTC Robert Ruffolo, U.S. Army (Retired)
Chief Executive Officer

Robert was born into an ancient family from Southern Italy and is a retired American Army Officer with more than 29 years of distinguished service to the nation. He was selected for diplomatic service as his last military tour and formed GICG following his retirement from the United States Diplomatic Mission in Rome Italy.

Robert is a recognized Subject Matter Expert in Antiterrorism having achieved the highest assessment on Defense Threat Reduction Agencies JSIVA. He continued to build superior security programs and was lauded by the European Command Inspector General for creating the best of thirty-nine security embassy security programs across the European theater.

Robert is trained in disaster preparedness and response having directed his command through 3 earthquakes and 10 Typhoons/storms which “landed” on Japanese shores. He is also the architect of the (former) Stay Behind Equipment (SBE) and the Theater Provided Equipment (TPE) programs used in both CENTCOM and USSOCOM Those programs saved the US government more than 48 Billion Dollars in strategic lift costs over 10 years, and was recently made a program of record by the US Army Chief of Staff.

Robert has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Modern European History and a Master of Business Administration and has been knighted five times for his service internationally.

Military Career Highlights (1987-2017)


  • United States Army Reserve (1987-1989)
  • United States Army (1989-2017): 42 months of Combat and 80 months Overseas/Other Contingency Operations (OCO) service


  • Operations Desert Shield/Storm
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Global War on Terror


  • 12th Special Forces Group
  • 101st Airborne Division
  • 5th Special Forces Group
  • 3rd U.S. Army/CFLCC
  • U.S. Special Operations Command


  • 3rd U.S. Army/CFLCC
  • U.S. Special Operations Command (JSO)
  • Office of Defense Cooperation Italy (JSO)
  • United States Diplomatic Mission to Italy, United States Department of State