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Bruce MacDonald

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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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]


MacDonald joined the Navy in 1978.[1] He earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1987. Subsequently he earned a Master's degree in International Law from Harvard Law School.