Dr. Mark A. Bucknam is a professor of National Security Strategy and a course director at the National War College, where he is responsible for designing, planning, and overseeing the delivery of the course that provides an introduction to strategy, strategic leadership, and critical thinking. Prior to joining the National War College he spent nearly 4 years at the Pentagon on the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, serving as the Director for Campaign and Contingency Plans. Dr. Bucknam retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of active duty service. During his military career, he flew fighters (A-10s, AT-38s, and F-16s) in Europe, the United States, and the Pacific, culminating in command of the 51st Operations Group, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He also served in staff assignments in the Pentagon on the Air Force Staff, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a Master of Science degree in materials science and engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and in 1999 he was awarded a PhD in War Studies from King's College, University of London. He is also a graduate of the National War College and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Functional Expertise: Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, Airpower, U.S. Security Policy and strategy
Regional Expertise: South Asia