May 3, 2012 | News Releases on Cyber Security
Washington, D.C., May 3, 2012—Steven P. Bucci, a distinguished Army Special Forces officer who became a top Pentagon official and cyber security expert, has joined The Heritage Foundation as a senior research fellow for defense and homeland security.
“Steve will focus on cyber security, special operations and defense support to civil authorities -- all familiar turf for him following a career in public service of more than three decades,” said James Jay Carafano, director of the leading Washington think tank’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. “He’s already a go-to resource during Heritage’s special events in May for Protect America Month.”
Bucci comes to Heritage’s Allison Center from IBM, where he was a lead consultant on cyber security policy. He has published numerous articles on related defense issues and regularly contributed to the blog “Security Debrief.”
As commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces, Bucci led troop deployments to eastern Africa, South Asia and the Persian Gulf -- including Operation Desert Thunder in 1998. He also had served as leader of the 82nd Airborne and 7th Special Forces when he was tapped in July 2001 to become military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Less than 10 weeks later, he witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Bucci worked directly for Rumsfeld for the next five and a half years. Retiring from the Army in 2005 with the rank of colonel, he stayed on at the Pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense, a civilian appointee. He oversaw policy related to air, land, maritime and cyber domains; National Guard domestic operations; domestic counterterrorism; readiness exercises and disaster response. He was the primary civilian overseer of U.S. Northern Command.
Bucci is an adjunct professor of leadership at George Mason University and associate professor of terrorism studies and cyber security policy at Long Island University.
Bucci grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor of science degree in national security. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Suzanne, currently reside in Alexandria, Va.
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