Bruce MacDonald is a retired United States Navy vice admiral who last served as the 40th Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy from July 2006 to August 2009. Prior to that, MacDonald served as the Navy's Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command from November 2004 to July 2006. Over his 31 year Navy career, he served in numerous operational and international law assignments, both at home and abroad. He retired from the Navy in October, 2009.
In March, 2010, MacDonald was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and served for three years as Convening Authority for the Office of Military Commissions. He joined Applied Technical Systems, a data analytics, management, software development and services company, in April 2013, where he served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until June 2016. In October 2018, he accepted an appointment as Vice President, Institutional Advancement at his alma mater, California Western School of Law where he served until February 2021.
MacDonald graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He received his degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1987 and his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992.