Rita M. Bush

National Security Agency (NSA)

Rita M. Bush

National Security Agency (NSA)

Biography

Dr. Rita M. Bush serves as the Deputy Chief of the Computer and Analytic Sciences Research Group at the National Security Agency (NSA). At NSA, she co-leads a team of scientists that conducts advanced research in computer science and related disciplines, and applies the results to support the NSA mission.

Dr. Bush previously worked at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where she served as one of the founding Program Managers. While at IARPA, Dr. Bush launched several new research programs in support of intelligence analysis and tradecraft.  Her last program, Sirius, developed serious games to train intelligence analysts to recognize and overcome cognitive bias. These games have been delivered to multiple Intelligence Community (IC) agencies.  Dr. Bush has also served in multiple management roles at IARPA, as a Deputy Office Director and as an Office Director.  She most recently led the Office of Anticipating Surprise, which sponsors research in anticipatory intelligence tools and techniques. 

Prior to her government service, Dr. Bush worked in the telecommunications industry where she held technical and management positions at Bell Laboratories, Bell Communications Research, Telcordia Technologies, and AT&T.  Her early technical work focused on human-computer technologies and usability engineering.  Rita holds a BA in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, and MA and PhD degrees in experimental psychology from Kent State University.