New Contributor

Howdy, folks. I'm Butch Bracknell.

Howdy, folks. I’m Butch Bracknell. James Joyner and the brain trust at OTB have recently invited me to become a regular contributor. I hope I don’t let them down. I served 22 years in the Marines as an armor officer and then as a lawyer. I now work for NATO as an innovation, procurement, IT, and international lawyer. I attended and graduated from North Carolina, University of Maryland Law, and Harvard Law.

My topics will likely focus on law, ethics, innovation, sports, and the intersection between law and policy, but I won’t limit myself to those topics, per James’ invitation. First post going up now.

I welcome all connections on LinkedIn.

EVERY opinion on OTB is mine alone and should not be attributed to NATO or any other organization to which I might be or might have been associated.

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Butch Bracknell
About Butch Bracknell
Butch Bracknell is an international security lawyer. A career Marine, he is a father, Truman National Security Project member, and Sorensen Political Leaders Program fellow. All posts are his personal views only, not representing any organization. Follow him on Twitter at @ButchBracknell.


  1. mattbernius says:

    Welcome aboard! Definitely excited to read your contributions!

  2. Rick Almeida says:


  3. Kathy says:

    Hello and welcome.

  4. Neil J Hudelson says:

    Welcome, Butch! Happy to have new voices here.

  5. Franklin says:

    Greetings! Looking forward to your posts … and I’m already behind on them …

  6. dennis says:

    Welcome aboard, sir.

  7. Welcome aboard!

  8. CSK says:

    Ditto all the welcomes!

  9. gVOR08 says:

    Welcome aboard. Have fun. Don’t take it as personal when we argue with you. A small suggestion – You’re not obligated to engage with every contrary comment.

  10. Sleeping Dog says:

    Welcome. The more the merrier. Looking forward to your first post.

  11. the Q says:

    Hmmmm…..Doug goes missing, then all of sudden a “Butch Bracknell” shows up? Could this be a “David Dennison” situation?

    Welcome Butch and Doug we hope to see you back soon!

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Looking forward to your contributions.

  13. Gustopher says:

    Welcome. I approve of the alliterative name, and think that Steven Taylor and Doug Mataconis should be renamed for alliteration. It’s so obvious now, even though it never occurred to me before.

  14. Mister Bluster says:
  15. Ebenezer_Arvigenius says:

    A belated welcome from Germany 🙂

  16. MarkedMan says:

    Welcome, and a question. You mentioned that you were an

    innovation, procurement, IT, and international lawyer.

    Those things seem pretty far apart. How does it work in practice?

  17. DrDaveT says:

    I served 22 years in the Marines as an armor officer and then as a lawyer.

    Man, the jokes just write themselves at that point…

    Anyway, welcome! Looking forward to it.

  18. Moosebreath says:

    Another belated welcome.

  19. Butch Bracknell says:

    @MarkedMan: they’re not as dissimilar as you might imagine, and really I just picked a couple skills out of the NATO general counsel hat.