Mark Gunzinger

Senior Fellow

Mark Gunzinger is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Mark Gunzinger previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources. He is the principal author or co-author of multiple Defense Planning Guidance directives, key strategic planning documents that shape DoD force planning. A retired Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot, he joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2004. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and served as Principal Director of the Department’s central staff for the 2005–2006 QDR. Following the 2006 QDR, he was appointed Director for Defense Transformation, Force Planning and Resources on the National Security Council staff.

Mr. Gunzinger is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Medal.


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1977)

Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy
National War College

Master of Airpower Art and Science
School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

Master of Public Administration
Central Michigan University

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