David Bruening

Colonel David Bruening, USA Ret.

National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board


Col. Bruening completed, in May 2000, a 32-year career in Army Intelligence. Drafted in May 1968, he went through basic and advanced training before entering Engineer OCS, where he finished as a distinguished graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence in April 1969. In the more than thirty years that followed, Colonel Bruening was assigned to successively higher positions of rank and responsibility in the intelligence field. Duty at posts in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina were combined with overseas tours in Vietnam, Turkey, Belgium and Panama. Almost a third of his career was spent at Fort Bragg, NC, where he performed intelligence duties while assigned to Army airborne and Special Forces units. Performing intelligence duties at ranks from Battalion to Army Staff, as well as at the national level and NATO, Colonel Bruening also commanded intelligence units as a Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel. As a Colonel, he culminated his career as the Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy Panama. Colonel Bruening earned his M.A. in National Security Studies and is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers Advance Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.