Dr. Bradford’s body of published articles, which have been downloaded over 10,000 times, places him within the top 1% of authors in law, social science, and business in the all-time rankings of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Dr. William C. “Brute” Bradford, PhD (Northwestern), LLM (Harvard), MBA (University of Florida) is a strategist and consultant in the fields of national security, defense, counterterrorism, and the law of armed conflict. He previously served as the Director of Indian Energy in the US Department of Energy under President Trump. He is Attorney General Ex-Officio of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, a former intelligence and military police officer, and a legal academic with more than 30 published articles on international law, strategy, counterterrorism, irregular warfare, diplomacy, and Native American affairs.  He has earned six eagle feathers from the Chiricahua Apache Nation for service to his tribe. 



Attorney General Ex Officio Dr. Bradford convening with the Council of the Chiricahua Apache Nation in Silver City, New Mexico

In Dr. Bradford’s 25 years in academia, the military, and federal, state and tribal government, he’s developed real-world, policy-relevant experience across the domains of national security, military strategy, foreign policy, international law, Middle East and GCC politics, and Native American affairs. Dr. Bradford has delivered legal, military, and foreign policy advice to senior military and civilian leaders in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, led his tribe as chief law enforcement officer, and taught strategy, international law, intelligence, economics, and diplomacy to senior officials at the National Defense University and the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, where he lived and worked for two years.  He’s held a TS/SCI clearance for 25 years and has extensive interagency experience.


Dr. Bradford teaching stategy to senior civilian and military officials of the government of the United Arab Emirates, National Defense College, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Bradford is an internationally recognized scholar in the law of armed conflict, irregular and unconventional war, counterterrorism, homeland security, Middle East affairs, diplomacy, and Native American law and policy. He has shared his expertise with civilian and military audiences at universities, think tanks, and other public forums, and has been a commentator in U.S. and foreign media.

Dr. Bradford published a seminal article on fighting Da’esh/ISIS in the National Security Law Journal, which explains how and why law of war professors undermine U.S. military effectiveness and erode the political will of Americans and their allies to fight against a common enemy.  The article, Trahison des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column, can be downloaded here: 3_NatlSecLJ_278-461_Bradford1 (1)

The existential threat of Da’esh/ISIS, the structural problems in the U.S. political economy, the path to American Indian sovereignty and prosperity, and the causes and consequences of the erosion of traditional  moral values form the basis of his research, scholarship, and advocacy.  Dr. Bradford wrote for Communities Digital News (the Washington Times digital Op-Ed platform) http://www.commdiginews.com under the column  “Brute Strength”   as William Brute Bradford. http://www.commdiginews.com/author/william-brute-bradford/

Dr. Bradford is married and has five children. He enjoys cooking, writing,  reading, traveling, exercise, piano, singing, and playing with Gunnar, their great dane.

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