Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow, The Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development
The Heritage Foundation

Dr. Bucci served for three decades as an Army Special Forces officer and top Pentagon official. While working at the Pentagon, he assumed the duties of Military Assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, a position he held for five and a half years. He continued to serve the Defense Secretary in a succession of posts until retiring from the Army in 2005, with the rank of Colonel. After retirement, he stayed on at the Pentagon ultimately serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense.

In addition to his successful military career, Dr. Bucci has taught as an associate professor at Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute and as an adjunct professor for leadership at George Mason University. He previously served on the advisory board of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center and as an adviser to the Prince of Wales/Prince Edward fellowship program at MIT and Harvard.  Dr. Bucci is a graduate of West Point and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from the University of South Carolina.

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