Bruce “Orville” Wright has held senior leadership positions in both the Department of Defense and the defense industry. Focused on responsive integration of advanced technology into weapons systems and direct focus on Warfighter requirements, he recently served as the Vice President, Cyber and S&T, Lockheed Martin Government Affairs. With more than nine years leading Lockheed Martin engagement to support Warfighters, he has been directly involved in a wide range of Joint Forces, intelligence community, advanced technology, and cyber programs.
His responsibilities were focused on the integration of cyber operations capabilities and advanced technologies across the USG, including direct interaction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Service laboratories, DARPA and the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). He also led Lockheed Martin Government Affairs direct engagements with US CYBERCOM, Service cyber commands and associated OSD offices. Areas of additional emphasis included close association with the USG Intelligence Community leading to enhanced development of threat and technology informed CONOPs to ensure innovative technology solutions are integrated into open “family of systems” architectures, and improve Lockheed Martin’s support to its customers and national security counterparts.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2008, he completed 34 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he was extensively involved in joint and coalition combat operations, leading 65 combat missions, while commanding an F16C squadron during Operation Desert Storm, and a composite operations group during Operations Provide Comfort in northern Iraq and Deny Flight in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was also the Director for Information Operations on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and commanded the U.S. Air Force Air Intelligence Agency. He was the Vice Commander of Air Combat Command (ACC) where he concentrated on promoting, reorganizing and more effectively integrating Air Force intelligence operations into all aspects of combat air forces capabilities and employment. While at ACC he was also directly engaged in achieving operational capability for the F-22, successful fielding of the Sniper targeting pod, and integration of Predator UAV capabilities into combat operations. In his last assignment, he was the Commander of 5th Air Force and US Forces Japan, responsible for approximately 50,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Department of Defense civilians. During this three-year time period, he directed significant improvements to joint and allied military operations, C2 and interagency coordination, as well as enhancements to ballistic missile defense capabilities.
He earned an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Physiology from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the Syracuse University Senior Executives in National Security Course, Air War College, the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, and MIT Seminar XXI. Additionally, he has a current security clearance.