James B. Bruce

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Adjunct International and Defense Researcher
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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 an adjunct international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation and formerly a senior political scientist there, a retired senior executive officer (SIS) at CIA, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Florida Atlantic Universities.  He leads research projects at RAND for U.S. Intelligence Community and DoD clients.

He retired from CIA at the end of 2005 and served in the National Intelligence Council as deputy national intelligence officer for Science and Technology, and as vice chairman of the DNI Foreign Denial and Deception Committee. He held management positions in CIA's Directorate of Analysis, and in the Directorate of Operations as chief of Counterintelligence Training. He also served as a senior staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (Silberman-Robb WMD Commission). 

He has drafted and managed National Intelligence Estimates and authored numerous classified studies at CIA, the National Intelligence Council, and RAND.  His unclassified publications have appeared in Studies in Intelligence, the American Intelligence Journal, the Journal of Strategic Security, The Intelligencer, the Defense Intelligence Journal, Group Dynamics, World Politics, several anthologies, and in numerous RAND reports.  He co-edited, with Roger George, Analyzing Intelligence:  National Security Practitioners’ Perspectives, 2nd ed. (Georgetown University Press, 2014).

Bruce received his Ph.D. in international relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and a U.S. Navy veteran.