Melley, Brendan G.

Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Areas of Expertise: Middle East (Arab Israeli Conflict); Countering WMD; Deterrence; Nuclear Policy; Missile Defense; Intelligence Policy; Gaming & Simulation (Facilitation)

Mr. Brendan G. Melley joined NDU’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction as a Senior Research Fellow in February 2011. Prior to joining the Center, he was Vice President of The Cohen Group. Mr. Melley served on the National Security Council (NSC) staff from 2001 to 2005 in the Intelligence Programs and Proliferation Strategy offices, and managed the development and implementation of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). He is a special advisor to the USSTRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group’s Policy Panel, and was a member of the Combating WMD Panel of DoD’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2009. His previous government experience includes working for the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a professional staff member on the Aspin-Brown Commission. Mr. Melley served on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division (Light), and as an active and reserve military intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He graduated from Providence College, Rhode Island, and the Postgraduate Intelligence Program at DIA.