Bryant received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a Fulbright-Hayes Award for his doctoral dissertation. His 29-year USAF career assignments included assignments Korea, Belgium, and numerous countries in Africa. He also served as a policy analyst in the Africa Division of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and taught at the USAF Academy. After retiring from the USAF, he was Dean of Dept. of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Chairman of Troy University’s History Department. He traveled extensively throughout Africa and worked with African militaries on democracy and HIV/AIDS programs. His interest in Africa and health issues began during his 2+ years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Conflict Studies, Armed Forces Journal International, the Air University Review, and The Christian Science Monitor.