Bruce MacDonald


Bruce W. MacDonald is an independent consultant providing technology and policy management services to government and the private sector.

He lectures on strategic posture and space/cyber security issues at the U.S. Institute of Peace and has been selected to lead a DTRA-sponsored study on the Chinese Challenge to Crisis Stability in Space.  He was Senior Director to the U.S. Strategic Posture Review Commission, a bipartisan body headed by former Defense Secretaries Perry and Schlesinger.  He was project leader and final report author for the Council on Foreign Relations’ study of China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security.

Mr. MacDonald was Assistant Director for National Security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served as Senior Director for Science and Technology on the National Security Council staff.  Previously, he was a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee for Air Force acquisition, space, and missile defense issues and earlier was senior national security adviser to Senator Bumpers of Arkansas. He also worked for the State Department as a nuclear weapons, space and technology specialist in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, where he chaired the Interagency START Policy Working Group, served on the U.S. START delegation in Geneva, and also dealt with space and missile defense issues. He started his career as a staff scientist at a defense contractor working on advanced missile defense concepts.

Mr. MacDonald graduated with honors in aerospace engineering from Princeton University and received two masters degrees from Princeton, one in aerospace engineering/rocket propulsion and the other in public and international affairs.

Mr. MacDonald is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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  • Space security
  • Missile defense
  • Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation



  • MA, Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • MA, Aerospace Engineering/Rocket Propulsion, Princeton University
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


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