Dobie McArthur is a prior-enlisted Marine who later attended the Naval Academy and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1982. He attended Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, obtaining a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies, and continued his Marine Corps service as an artillery officer and Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Middle East. He was an artillery battery commander with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His last active duty posting was as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.
In 1993, Mr. McArthur left active duty and went to work on Capitol Hill where he served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, then Legislative Director for Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. While on the Hill, Mr. McArthur remained in the Marine Corps Reserves as an intelligence officer, and obtained a Masters of Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. His thesis on Iraq's WMD programs was published after one of its principal recommendations was encompassed in legislation that eventually became law.
In July 2001, Mr. McArthur left federal service and became Director, Washington Operations for General Atomics, with responsibility for sensor systems and homeland security. In September 2003, he was promoted to Vice President, Washington Operations. Shortly after 9-11, he also began to work part time for the FBI using his Arabic language and intelligence skills.
In January 2004, Mr. McArthur returned to government service. From February-May, he was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Upon his return, he became a Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
In June 2005, Mr. McArthur left the Pentagon to serve as Senior Vice President for Strategic Business Development and Government Affairs at ICx Technologies, a high-tech security products company. He remained in that position until March 2008 when he left to form his own consulting company, McArthur Strategic Marketing Services. In 2008, Mr. McArthur also retired from the Marine Corps Reserves with the rank of Colonel.
In 2011, Mr. McArthur became the Chief Executive Officer at Nsite, LLC. In 2014, Mr. McArthur left Nsite to join Strategic Technical Services (STS), LLC, which subsequently acquired Nsite in 2015. Mr. McArthur served as the Chief Operating Officer of STS until he sold his stake in the company in November 2016.
Mr. McArthur currently lives in Southport, NC, and does consulting part time.