Steven P. Bucci, who served America for
three decades as an Army Special Forces officer and top Pentagon official, is a
visiting fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy
Bucci’s research and writing at Heritage
focus on cybersecurity, military special operations, and defense support to
From 2013 through 2015, Bucci was
director of Allison Center. He joined the think tank as senior research fellow
for defense and homeland security in April 2012.
Bucci previously was a lead consultant
to IBM on cybersecurity policy. He published numerous articles on related
issues and regularly contributed to “Security Debrief,” a leading national
security blog. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences on cybersecurity.
As commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th
Special Forces, Bucci led deployments to eastern Africa, South Asia, and the
Persian Gulf—including Operation Desert
Thunder in 1998 in response to Saddam Hussein’s threats to violate the no-fly
zone over Iraq.
Bucci was a seasoned leader in the 82nd
Airborne as well as 5th & 7th Special Forces when, in July 2001, he assumed
the duties of military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Little over nine weeks later, Bucci
witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He worked directly for
Rumsfeld daily 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. He stayed on at the Pentagon as a civilian appointee with
the title of deputy assistant secretary of defense.
Bucci’s military and government service
makes him a recognized expert in the interagency process and defense of U.S.
interests, particularly with regard to critical infrastructure and what he
calls the productive interplay of government and the private sector.
As part of IBM’s Public Sector Team,
Bucci was a top strategist in the global computer giant’s cybersecurity
campaign, his advice sought by several major federal departments. He was a
member of the Cyber Coordinating Committee and an original deputy director of
the IBM Institute for Advanced Security.
Bucci, who grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.,
graduated in 1977 from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor‘s
degree in national security. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in
international relations in 1986 and 1987 from the University of South Carolina.
He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army
War College, the Hellenic Army War College in Greece, and the Senior Seminar of
the Department of State.
Bucci completed graduate studies,
language training, and regional orientation in the Balkans. He taught European
studies, foreign policy, and international relations at the Army’s John F.
Kennedy Special Warfare Center. He conducted many development and anti-drug
missions across Latin America, served as defense attaché in Sarajevo, and
became the first resident defense attaché in Tirana, Albania.
As the War on Terror unfolded, Rumsfeld
dispatched Bucci to lead a team of 25 military experts to Baghdad to assist the
Coalition Provisional Authority. After his retirement from the Army in 2005, he
continued to serve as staff director of the Immediate Office of the Secretary
Bucci’s next assignment was as deputy
assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and defense support to
civil authorities. He was responsible for overseeing policy issues involving
the Defense Domains (air, land, maritime, and cyber), National Guard domestic
operational issues, domestic counterterrorism, readiness exercises, and
response to natural and man-made disasters. He was the primary civilian
overseer of U.S. Northern Command.
Bucci is an adjunct professor of
leadership at George Mason University and a former associate professor of
terrorism studies and cybersecurity policy at Long Island University.
He is a member of the advisory board for
the Network Science Research Center, a consortium led by IBM and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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.
Bucci and his wife, Suzanne, currently
reside in Michigan. They have two grown
sons—one a psychologist, the other a retired