Bruce is a member of the Princeton University research faculty in the Program on Science and Global Security. He is the co-founder of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Bruce is frequently called upon to testify before Congress as an expert on nuclear weapons. From 2011 to 2017, he served on the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.
Bruce was a longtime senior fellow at the Brookings Institution before founding the World Security Institute. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his work and leadership on de-alerting nuclear forces in 1999. In previous positions, he served as a project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, as a Minuteman missile launch control officer, and as a support officer for the "Looking Glass" airborne command post of the Strategic Command.
Bruce has taught at Yale and Princeton universities and produced the PBS television series "Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria" as well as numerous documentary films including "Countdown to Zero", a feature film about nuclear danger. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University.