Senior Research Fellow of The Heritage Foundation
Bruce Klingner specializes in Korean and Japanese affairs as the senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at Bruce The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
Prior to joining the Heritage Foundation in 2007, Klingner served 20 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. From 1996 to 2001, Klingner was CIA’s deputy division chief for Korea, responsible for the analysis of political, military, economic and leadership issues for the president of the United States and other senior U.S. policymakers. In 1993-1994, he was the chief of CIA’s Korea branch, which analyzed military developments during a nuclear crisis with North Korea.Klingner has testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His articles and commentary have appeared in major American and foreign publications and he is a regular guest on broadcast and cable news outlets.
Klingner is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy in 2002. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont.
He has attained third-degree black belt in taekwondo and first-degree black belt in hapkido and teuk kong moo sool.