Bruce McClintock

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Adjunct Policy Analyst
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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, and informational arenas for a broad range of U.S. government clients. Prior to joining RAND he 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 U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, from 2014 to 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 U.S. Ambassador to Russia. 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. He 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; CEO, Hike for Life

Recent Projects

  • EUCOM Support
  • Multi-domain C2
  • Democratization of SIGINT
  • AI and ML for Defensive Counter Space
  • Russia's Global Interests

Selected Publications

, SIGINT for Anyone


  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev exchange the signed new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II) at Prague Castle in Prague, April 8, 2010, photo by Petr Josek/Reuters

    Stabilizing the Nuclear Cold War

    Russia and the United States are still locked in a nuclear cold war. Thousands of nuclear weapons are deployed, some on high alert. Although the United States prudently withdrew from several past arms control treaties with Russia, it could be in America's interest to extend New START.

    Feb 13, 2020 Inkstick

  • Three tiny satellites photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member on the International Space Station, October 4, 2012, photo by NASA

    Space Safety Coordination: A Norm for All Nations

    As space becomes more congested with satellites, the need for every nation to actively participate in the space safety coordination system grows. Most spacefaring countries participate, but a few countries do not—notably, Russia and China. That creates greater potential for collisions and hazards from debris.

    Apr 16, 2019 Small Wars Journal

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko walk to watch the closing stage of the joint war games Zapad-2013 (West-2013) at the Gozhsky firing range in Grodno, September 26, 2013

    Joint Military Exercises Distract from Complex Russia-Belarus Relationship

    Analysts and military leaders have concerns that Russia will use the Zapad 2017 exercise in Belarus as a smokescreen to put personnel and equipment in place, and keep it there. But the deep ties and history of cooperation between the two states make the chances of that happening unlikely.

    Sep 13, 2017 The National Interest

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference after the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017

    Russian Information Warfare: A Reality That Needs a Response

    For the last three decades, Russia has exploited its growing capabilities in cyberspace to spy on, influence, and punish others. The West will continue to struggle to hold Moscow accountable, in part because international law falls far short of fully defining the rules or resolving conflicts.

    Jul 21, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

  • 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