Bernard Victory

Bernard Victory
Senior Analyst

Mr. Victory is a senior defense analyst currently serving United States Strategic Command Headquarters in deterrence analysis and plans support.

From 2002 to 2008 he served as an action officer and an acting director (2003) in the office of Strategic Capabilities (formerly Forces Policy) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. There he handled a number of issues including the 2003-2004 Strategic Capabilities Assessment; strategic forces in the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review; and strategic forces programming and budgeting. He served as OSD representative to the START Joint Compliance Inspection Commission, Geneva, for two sessions (2007), and as lead action officer on the Strategic Dialogue Talks with China (2007-2008). From 2001 to 2002, he served in the Executive Secretariat of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. For his work in DoD, Mr. Victory was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

From 1988 to 2001, as a researcher, analyst, and senior analyst with NIPP, Mr. Victory wrote or contributed to numerous monographs and reports, and led National Institute’s series of seminars for Congressional staffers. He served on the professional staffs of the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (the “Rumsfeld Commission”) (1998); the Congressional Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military-Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China (1998); the National Commission for the Review the National Reconnaissance Office (2000-2001); and the Department of Defense Transition Team (2001).

From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Victory was a research assistant with the Congressional Research Service. He holds a B.A. in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.