Rear Admiral Tom Brown (Ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown II has 30 years in Special Ops and Intelligence creating and leading purpose-built teams, re-engineering organizations, and working on policy and implementation of cybersecurity. His key areas of focus include: leadership of large and complex enterprises, technical writing (plans and strategy), and security policy. Brown has a long history in Special Operations Warfare, having served in the Army Airborne Corps and as an Underwater Demolition/SEAL operator.
His experience ranges from developing highly skilled strategy and policy for the War on Terrorism, to leading teams comprised of thousands of personnel with multi-billion dollar budgets focused on intelligence, communication, logistics, and cybersecurity. Brown has planned and led Special Operations in Europe, South/Central America, & the Caribbean – developing strong relationships with senior civilian and military leaders in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Central America.
He deployed and sustained forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and clandestine operations in other countries, with a key focus on the cybersecurity critical to protection of clandestine operations. He was the senior military leader of a 15K person intelligence Agency where he led NGA Task Force-Afghanistan & support of military services, combatant commanders and Intelligence agencies and President’s Daily Intelligence Briefing. He drove the integration of GEOINT into military service programs and cybersecurity programs – advocating for greater resiliency of the US satellite constellation to harden it against interference or attack.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Brown founded a Captive Venture fund to invest in renewable energy, fire detection and fighting, biomedical devices, and aviation safety technology. His expertise rests in security, space, technology and media including domestic and international markets.
Brown graduated Tau Beta Pi with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and is a distinguished graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of John Hopkins University, where he earned a M.A. in international relations with a concentration in Latin American and strategic studies. He also holds a master of science degree in national resource strategy and the DoD Chief Information Officer Certificate from the National Defense University.