Lieutenant Commander Sean Brandes, USN, is Cyber Federal Executive Fellow for 2012-2013.

LCDR Brandes, a native of Staten Island, New York, graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in 1998.He earned his Information Warfare Officer designation during his initial tour at Navy Security Group Activity San Diego, where he deployed as a Cryptologic Direct Support Officer on the USS STETHEM (DDG 63), USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3), and served as the Fleet Cryptologic Augmentation Center and Cryptologic Readiness Group Division Officer.

Upon earning his Masters of Science degree in Computer Science and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2003, LCDR Brandes reported to COMTHIRDFLT as the Assistant Information Operations Officer.  In 2005, he reported to Navy Information Operations Command Texas and served as the Fleet Information Operations Center Department Head and COMFOURTHFLT CTG 40.2’s Information Operations Mission Manager.  During this tour, he also deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the Deputy Officer-in-Charge of Cryptologic Services Group Baghdad, Multi-National Forces-Iraq.

LCDR Brandes reported to Expeditionary Strike Group Three in March 2009 and served as the Deputy Information Warfare Commander.  In addition, he deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as the Officer-in-Charge of Cryptologic Services Group Kandahar, Regional Command –South, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.  Upon returning from deployment, LCDR Brandes earned his Information Dominance Warfare qualification in January 2011.  

LCDR Brandes served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence.  Recently, LCDR Brandes was selected to the Navy Cyber Federal Executive Fellowship program and started his tenure at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.  

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service and campaign awards.


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