Bruce MacDonald is an American lawyer, and retired officer in the United States Navy. He is the former head of the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps, retiring in 2006 as a vice admiral. MacDonald's last job in the military was as the Navy's top lawyer. Carol Rosenberg reported he had repeatedly testified at Congress as a bullish backer of the at-times controversial tribunal system.
According to Michael Isikoff of Newsweek, his appointment "is among the most important moves in an apparent gearing up for the expected new wave of trials. Since then, however, Congress has passed a new law--signed by Obama--aimed at making the proceedings fairer. Robert Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, named him as the "convening authority" to oversee the commissions.
- Carol Rosenberg. Obama appoints new chief for war court at Guantanamo, McClatchy News Service, 2010-03-25. Retrieved on 2010-04-14.
- Michael Isikoff. Pentagon to Name New Chief for Military Commissions in Sign That Gitmo Trials May Move Forward, Newsweek, 2010-03-24.
- Michael Isikoff. Military-Commission Trials Set for the Summer, Newsweek, 2010-03-26. Retrieved on 2010-04-14.