Dr. Brian Buckles, Col, USMC (Ret.), joined the Eisenhower School in July 2012. He serves as an Acquisition Professor of Practice; as the Director, Senior Acquisition Course (SAC); and as the Course Director, Acquisition and Innovation (A&I) core course. He earned a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems and Communication from Robert Morris University in 2017. He also earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography and Cartography from the University of Idaho in 1987, and is a 1999 Distinguished Graduate of Naval Postgraduate School earning a MS in Management (Defense Systems Analysis). In 2006, he served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Prior to his arrival at The Eisenhower School, Dr. Buckles served as Program Manager for the Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicles (PM LAV), Marine Corps Systems Command in Warren, Michigan. He was responsible for the upgrade, sustainment, and lifecycle management of the fleet of approximately 900 LAVs. He was also responsible for the procurement of LAVs for Foreign Military Sales (FMS), and research and development of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPS) program. Previous acquisition assignments include Director, Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch and Deputy Director, Test and Evaluation, Program Management Office for Advanced Amphibious Assault. He is DAWIA Level III Certified in Test and Evaluation; Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering; and Program Management.
Dr. Buckles also has extensive operational experience to include nearly 20 years as an Assault Amphibian Officer; serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division prior to moving into the Acquisition Career Field.