Professor Gary Brown

Senior Associate Fellow; Professor of Cyber Law at the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University


Professor Gary Brown is Associate Professor of Practice and faculty lead for the cyber policy concentration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.

He was previously Professor of Cyber Law at National Defense University, Washington, DC. He has been a Cyber Policy and Strategy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Staff Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5), Cyber Policy Division, and Professor of Cyber Security at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He served 24 years as a judge advocate with the United States Air Force. Colonel Brown deployed twice to the Middle East during his Air Force career, the second time as the senior legal advisor for combat air operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In his final military assignment, he was the first senior legal counsel for U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland, where he served for three years.

He has authored several articles and book chapters related to cyber warfare and was the official U.S. observer to the drafting of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (2013). He is a member of the International Group of Experts that authored Tallinn Manual 2.0 (2017). He appeared as the legal expert in the documentary film Zero Days (2016).

Professor Brown is active in the educational uses of cyber wargames, consulting on the design of games to train, and advocating the inclusion of law of armed conflict concepts in recreational games. He has a law degree from the University of Nebraska and an LL.M. in international law from Cambridge University.

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