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Bill Bruner joins IWP Board of Advisors

Bill BrunerIWP is pleased to welcome Colonel Bill Bruner, USAF (Ret.) to its Board of Advisors. Col. Bruner brings four decades of operational, strategic planning, strategic communications, political, and leadership experience on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Department of Defense, in the private sector, and at NASA to this new role with IWP.

IWP Chancellor John Lenczowski commented: “Bill’s background of outstanding service in the Air Force, OSD, NASA, and Congress, his current work on hypersonic flight, and his record of study at advanced defense-oriented educational institutions bring several important dimensions of professional experience to our community.”

Bill Bruner is currently the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Frontier Aerospace, Inc., a company that is developing hypersonic, renewably fueled, vertical landing aircraft that can deliver passengers and urgent cargo anywhere on the planet ten times faster than today’s jets, with net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

He has also served as an advisor to the Space Science and Security Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2013.

Before that, he was Director of Government and External Relations at Lawrence Livermore.

From 2006-2009, Bill served in the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Chief of Strategic Communications and Assistant Administrator, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for NASA.

Before his appointment at NASA, Col. Bruner had a distinguished career with the U.S. Air Force.

Among his decorations is the Bronze Star, awarded for service in the First Gulf War.

Col. Bruner served as Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Chief of the Force Apportionment Branch, J-8 Forces Division, Joint Staff; and as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from National Defense University, a Master of Arts in Airpower Studies from Air University, and a B.A. in Physical Sciences (Astronomy) from San Francisco State University.

The IWP Board of Advisors is a group of supporters who work with the Board of Trustees to provide advice or expertise, to expand and deepen support for the mission of IWP, and to develop talent for future leadership.