Mr. Bruce A. Lichtman (Lt Col, USAF, Ret.)

Department of Homeland Security Chair

Bruce Lichtman (Lt Col, USAF, Ret.) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chair and faculty member at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington D.C.

He most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Combating Transnational Organized Crime, DHS Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans.  He previously served as Deputy Director for Policy, DHS Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and as Task Force Officer, National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF), addressing the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorism.

Mr. Lichtman holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from National War College (Class of 2019), a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Florida International University.  He is also a graduate of USAF Air War College.  Mr. Lichtman is an FAA-licensed Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certificated Flight Instructor. 

During his 22-year Air Force career, Mr. Lichtman served as a Navigator/Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) in the RF-4C Phantom II, as a flying training instructor with both the USAF and United States Navy, as Director of Department of Defense counterdrug aviation programs, and as Chief, Air Radar Maritime Division, United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Operations Directorate.   

Mr. Lichtman and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and live in Stafford, Virginia.