Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2012 —Steven P. Bucci, an Army Special Forces officer who went on to serve as a top Pentagon official before joining The Heritage Foundation, has been promoted to director of the leading think tank’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.
Bucci, already established in the Allison Center as senior research fellow for defense and homeland security since April 2012, succeeds James Jay Carafano, who early this month assumed the duties of vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at Heritage.
“Steve quickly made himself a go-to resource at Heritage after three hard-charging decades in public service,” Carafano said. “Now he brings all those skills to directing the energies of a dozen leading scholars who are dedicated to advancing security, prosperity and liberty around the world.”
Previously focused on the defense budget, cyber security, special operations and military support to civil authorities, Bucci takes on daily management of the Allison Center. The internationally recognized institute is devoted to crafting and promoting policy positions in such critical arenas as national security and defense, terrorism, missile defense, public diplomacy, and U.S. interests in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Bucci came to Heritage from IBM, where he was a lead consultant on cyber security policy and the author of numerous articles and blog posts on related defense issues. He is a recognized authority on the interagency process and defense of U.S. interests, and a regular contributor to Heritage’s policy blog, The Foundry. (These and his other writings while at Heritage may be found here.)
While 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. After leading the storied 82nd Airborne and 7th Special Forces, he was picked to serve as military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in July 2001. Less than 10 weeks later, he witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He worked directly for Rumsfeld for the next five and a half years.
Retiring from the Army in 2005 with the rank of colonel, Bucci stayed on at the Pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense. 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 holds master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from the University of South Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in national security from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the Hellenic Army War College in Greece. He and his wife, Suzanne, currently reside in Alexandria, Va. They have two grown sons.
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