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Aaron F. Brantly, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Cyber Policy Fellow

Ph.D., University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs
M.P.P., The American University
B.A., Queens University of Charlotte

Aaron Brantly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech (PhD, University of Georgia, 2012; MPP, American University, 2008). Brantly teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, integrated security, cybersecurity, cyber conflict, cyber operations, diplomacy, and European politics. His research focuses on national security policy issues in cyberspace including big data, terrorism, intelligence, decision-making and human rights.

He is a Non-Resident Cyber Policy Fellow at the Army Cyber Institute and Non-Resident Cyber Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

He is the author of three books The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-making, US National Cybersecurity: International Politics, Concepts and Organization, and Cybersecurity: Politics, Governance and Conflict in Cyberspace and a number of peer-reviewed articles on national and international cyber conflict, information operations, big data and intelligence.

He has advised, briefed or trained multiple national policy-makers on issues related to cyber conflict and terrorism including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, multiple combatant commanders, congressional offices, the FBI, DIA, NYPD, and FDNY. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Wired and others. He is currently working on an OSD Minerva R-Def funded project on cyber deterrence and a DARPA project on grey zone conflict.