Dr. Clare Bugary, Director

Dr. Clare Bugary is the Director for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) in the Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA).  In this role, Dr. Bugary advises the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) on policy and programmatic matters regarding foreign language, culture, and regional expertise for Department of Defense personnel.  Dr. Bugary also evaluates changes in legislation, policies, regulations, directives, and funding to assess the impact on language, cultural, and regional capabilities within the Department for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors.

Dr. Bugary serves as the Executive Director of both the Defense Language Steering Committee and the Secretary of Defense chaired National Security Education Board.

Prior Experience:

Prior to her work at DLNSEO, Dr. Bugary was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). Dr. Bugary was responsible for managing student training requirements for more than 10,000 language professionals at the institute and at training locations around the world.  She oversaw the drafting and implementation of the Institute's strategic plans, set resource priorities for the school, managed operational security, and the day-to-day operations of the Institute.  She was an employee of DLIFLC for more than 25 years. 

Prior to her civilian appointment, she was an Army Cryptologic Language Analyst who worked intelligence missions in Korean and taught at the Army's Intelligence School in Ft Devens, Massachusetts.  She is a two-time graduate of DLIFLC; completing the Korean basic course and the Korean Intermediate course. 

She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Troy University, and an undergraduate degree from Western New England College.