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Security Expert to Speak at VMI

FullTextImage/img/@altDr. Steven P. Bucci

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 17, 2013 – A cyber security expert and key assistant to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will speak at Virginia Military Institute on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Dr. Steven P. Bucci has chosen as his topic, “The Importance of Moral Authority in U.S. National Security.” Bucci’s remarks will begin at 7:45 p.m. in the Turman Room in Preston Library.

Bucci, a three-decade veteran of the U.S. Army, is now director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. At the Heritage Foundation, where he serves as a senior fellow, he leads a team of analysts on all national and homeland security issues, as well as regional issues for Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia. He is a regular contributor to Security Debrief, a leading national security blog.

Bucci was serving as military assistant to Rumsfeld during the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent war on terrorism. During that time period, he led a team of 25 U.S. military experts to Baghdad, Iraq, to assist the Coalition Provisional Authority.

After retiring from the military in 2005, Bucci served in a civilian role at the Pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities.

During his military career, which began upon his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1977, Bucci held key leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne and the 5th and 7th Special Forces. He completed language training in the Balkans and served as the first resident defense attaché in Tirana, Albania. Bucci also earned a doctorate in international relations from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the Hellenic Army War College in Greece.

Dr. Bucci’s visit to VMI is sponsored by the National Security Program and the Department of International Studies and Political Science. This event is free and open to the public.