Brian Mazanec, PhD

DSS 797 Cyber-Security

Professional Experience

Assistant Director with the U.S. Government – Present

  • Supports Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. He currently leads teams examining a range of intelligence issues.  

Academic Experience

  • Teaches graduate courses on cyber warfare and international politics at George Mason University, Catholic University of America, and Missouri State University.
  • Academic research has focused on cyber issues and has been published in various journals, such as Comparative Strategy, the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, and the Journal of International Security Affairs.
  • His work has also been presented at international conferences and used as part of the curriculum in the U.S. Army War College’s Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations. 


  • The Evolution of Cyber War: International Norms for Emerging-Technology Weapons, author, published by the University of Nebraska Press, November 2015.
  • Deterring Cyber Warfare: Bolstering Strategic Stability in Cyberspace, co-author, published by Palgrave McMillan, December 2014.


  • Ph.D., George Mason University, Department of Public and International Affairs
  • M.S., Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Richmond