James B. Bruce

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Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in international relations, University of Denver; M.A. and B.A. in political science, Kent State University

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James Bruce is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He leads team research projects for Intelligence Community clients on intelligence collection and analysis and on counterinsurgency.

After 24 years of service in a variety of assignments, Bruce retired from the CIA at the end of 2005 as a senior executive officer. He served as a senior staff member of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the Silberman-Robb WMD Commission) and was a senior fellow at CIA's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. In the National Intelligence Council, he served as deputy national intelligence officer for science and technology, and as vice chairman of the DCI (now DNI) Foreign Denial and Deception Committee.

He has authored numerous classified studies including National Intelligence Estimates. His unclassified publications have appeared in Studies in Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Journal, World Politics, and several anthologies. He coedited, with Roger George, Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations (Georgetown University Press, 2008). He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and taught at Columbia University, American University, and the National War College. He received his Ph.D. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.