Bruce H. McClintock

Adjunct Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


M.S. in aeronautical engineering, University of Florida; M.S. in airpower art and science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies; B.S. in astronautical engineering, United States Air Force Academy

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Bruce McClintock is an adjunct policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He conducts research and analysis of security challenges across political, military, diplomatic, cultural, and informational arenas for a broad range of U.S. government clients. Prior to joining RAND, McClintock was a career military officer and completed three decades of service in the Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General. He served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia from 2014-2016. In this role, he advised multiple combatant commanders and members of the office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff as well as the US Ambassador to Russia. He also briefed and advised military and political leaders from numerous allied countries. In his final assignment in the military, McClintock was a special assistant to the commander of Air Force Space Command where he conducted an independent review of space live, virtual, constructive training and advised the commander on other space topics. His military service included assignments as a White House Fellow, experimental test pilot, an A-10 pilot and weapons officer, and a military strategist. He has over 3,500 hours in 35 different aircraft and his military awards include the Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Medal and Bronze Star. McClintock holds an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S. in airpower art and science, from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

CEO, Zenith Advisors Group

Recent Projects

  • EUCOM Support
  • Project Air Force
  • Space Industrial Base
  • Democratization of SIGINT


  • A screen, showing Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, is on display in Simferopol, Crimea, December 23, 2016.

    Russia in Action, Short of War

    The West needs to work more quickly and coordinate better to offset Russia's capabilities, aggressiveness, and success. Responding to Russia's hostile influence involves predicting Russia's targets, identifying the tools it's likely to use, and playing the long game rather than focusing on near-term events.

    May 9, 2017 U.S. News & World Report