Brendan G. Melley



Areas of Expertise: Middle East; Countering WMD; Deterrence, Nuclear Policy, Missile Defense; Intelligence Policy

Brendan G. Melley is Director of National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which provides education, research, and policy support to the U.S. national security community on WMD challenges.  Arriving in 2011 as a Senior Research Fellow, he led the Center’s support to USSOCOM and the intelligence community for countering WMD, and was CSWMD’s Coordinator for Countering WMD Policy Support.  Mr. Melley is responsible at NDU for the USSOCOM Scholars Program, and is an adviser to the USSTRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), supporting the Policy and Strategy Panel.  Prior to joining the Center, he was Vice President of the Cohen Group, an international business consulting firm.  Mr. Melley served as a Director on the National Security Council staff from 2001-2005 in both the Intelligence Programs and Proliferation Strategy offices, and managed the development and implementation of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), as well as other United States counterproliferation and Countering WMD efforts.

Previous civilian government experience includes senior staff assignments at the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a professional staff member on the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. 

Mr. Melley served on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division (Light), and as a military intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.  He graduated from Providence College, Rhode Island, the Postgraduate Intelligence Program at DIA, and has a Master of Science in WMD Studies from Missouri State University.