Retired Colonel Tyrus W. Cobb received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1962. He went on to earn an M.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Dr. Cobb was a professor at West Point and a Colonel in the Army in the years just prior to the Reagan Administration. He consulted with the National Security Council during the latter half of the Carter administration and the early Reagan administration on international energy issues. Dr. Cobb served as a member of the European and Soviet Affairs Directorate and contributed to long-range strategic Soviet policy. In 1988, Dr. Cobb assumed the role of Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the International Programs and Technology Affairs Directorate, which oversaw science and technology agreements, export policy, United Nations issues, and the environment. He became President and CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in 1991, then left to become President/CEO of the Yosemite National Institutes (1995-2002). He returned to his home town of Reno, Nevada, where he founded the National Security Forum, an organization dedicated to serving as a venue for thoughtful consideration of international, politico-military, and geo-economic issues that address issues of current importance. In 2017, Ty Cobb was honored as a Distinguished Nevadan by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education for his contributions to the cultural and social advancement of Nevada.
The Tyrus W. Cobb International Affairs Scholarship was established by members of the National Security Forum to recognize his contributions to our country and community and as a way to inspire students to get involved in international affairs and national security. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for this scholarship, which will allow us to award one, $1,000 scholarship annually in his honor, in perpetuity.