Rick Brennan, Jr
Dr. Brennan is a career Army officer with high-level Department of Defense policy-making experience on issues relating to the ongoing war in Iraq, conflict resolution and war termination, homeland defense, and strategic planning. Since 2006 he has served in successive positions in Iraq to include supporting MNF-I/USF-I as the RAND team ledaer for the Joint Interagency Task Force -Iraq (JIATF-I) and most recently as the Senior Advisor to the USF-I Director of Operations (J3). He has conducted significant research and analysis on Special Forces operations in Iraq, Phase IV Stability and Support operations in Iraq between 2003 and 2005, and the transition from military operations to civilian control in Iraq between 2003 ans 2012. He has led and participated in several other RAND studies related to homeland security, homeland defense, and military transformation. Prior to joining RAND, he served as a program manager directing projects related to the Revolution in Military Affairs, information warfare, counterterrorism, and homeland security in support of OSD (Net Assessment). He is a former Army officer, who, in addition to infantry command and staff positions, spent six years of his Army career in positions related to national security and defense policy, including two years working within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and three years serving as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy. A decorated officer, received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), and the Army Commendation Medal.
Concurrent Non-RAND PositionsSenior Advisor to the Director of Operations (J3), United States Forces-Iraq
- Iraq Transitions: 2002-2012
- Senior Advisor to the Director of Operations (J3)
- Analytical Support to Counter Improvised Explosive Devises in Iraq
- Establishing a Homeland Defense Strategy
- Special Operations and Phase IV Operations in Iraq 2003-2005