Brig. Gen. Steven “Bucky” Butow, USAF

Space Portfolio Director
Defense Innovation Unit

Steve “Bucky” Butow is the Director of the Space Portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He joined the team in 2015 and helped establish the organization’s operating locations in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Austin. Butow is a former Commander of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield in California, where his responsibilities included organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining 970 combat-ready forces and $1 billion dollars of special mission aircraft and equipment supporting the U.S. Air Force’s combat rescue and personnel recovery missions. He has previously served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Search and Rescue Center for U.S. Central Command in 2005, and as Chief of Personnel Recovery for U.S. Air Forces Central in 2007 supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to joining DIU, Butow was the Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, California Military Department with responsibilities including cybersecurity, incident awareness, and innovation. In his reserve capacity, Butow is a Brigadier General serving as the Commander of the California Air National Guard where he leads 4,900 Airmen assigned to five wings and headquarters staff. Butow graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Physics & Astronomy and earned an M.S. in Management with a specialization in Air and Space Strategic Studies from the University of Maryland.

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