Senior Advisor, National Security Space Policy, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC)
US Department of State
Keynote: Lunch and Keynote: United States Space Priorities Framework: International Engagement Update
Richard H. Buenneke is senior advisor for national security space policy in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Buenneke advises senior State Department officials on the planning and implementation of diplomatic and public diplomacy activities relating to U.S. national and homeland security space policy. In this role, he leads State's development of "whole of government" strategies for international cooperation on spaceflight safety and space critical infrastructure security and resilience.
Before joining the State Department, Mr. Buenneke was a senior policy analyst at The Aerospace Corporation, where he served as lead analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts relating to mission assurance and resiliency of commercial space capabilities.
Mr. Buenneke has also led research tasks in support of U.S. government assessments of policies and architectures for national security and commercial space systems as an analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton and the RAND Corporation.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and systems engineering from the Wharton and Engineering schools of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Buenneke also holds masters’ degrees in national security studies and policy analysis from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.