Lt Col E. Lincoln Bonner


Lieutenant Colonel E. Lincoln Bonner III, representing the Air Force, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2016–2017 at the Hoover Institution.

Lieutenant Colonel Bonner received his commission in the Air Force in 1997 through a 4-year ROTC scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies – the Air Force's school for strategy – and he is a doctoral candidate in military strategy focused on cyber power in military and national strategy.

He has served in a variety of operational, acquisition, and staff assignments, including tours as an infrared missile warning satellite crew commander and flight test engineer executing high-risk developmental flight tests for Air Force and Joint aircraft development, to include the F-117, B-2, and F-22. Prior to his current assignment, he was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office as commander of a space operations squadron and led a 500-member team conducting around-the-clock command, control, and communication operations for space systems valued in excess of 20 billion dollars.

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