Speaker Biography: Brian Sheridan
Deputy General Manager, National Security Programs & Operations
Mr. Sheridan is currently serving as the Deputy General Manager for National Security Response Programs & Operations at Bechtel Nevada.
is responsible for the management of four major programs: Combating Terrorism, The National Security Response, Environmental Management, Defense & Civil.
In addition to his program responsibilities, he also oversees the Remote Sensing Laboratory (based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland), and the Special Technologies Laboratory Operations (based in Santa Barbara, California).
Before working with Bechtel Nevada, Mr. Sheridan served as the Vice President for Strategic Programs, Bechtel National Incorporated (BNI), where he was responsible for business development for the Combating Terrorism and Homeland Defense markets.
Prior to his assignment at BNI, Mr. Sheridan served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) at the Department of Defense.
had five direct report Deputy Assistant Secretaries responsible for: Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance, Special Operations
, Combating Terrorism, Drug Enforcement, and Inter-American Affairs.
He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in SOLIC and before that as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support.
Before entering the Pentagon, Mr. Sheridan worked as a Consultant for Frank Lynn & Associates, a marketing consulting firm in Chicago.
Prior to consulting, Mr. Sheridan worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.
educational background includes a BA from Boston College
(1982); an MSFS from Georgetown University
(1985); and an MBA from the University of Chicago
is married to Anne Sheridan and they have three children: Connor (age 11); Patrick (age 9); and Sloan
, the soon departing Assistant Secretary of Defense, summed it up: "General Powell, I will be leaving when the administration changes.
Brian Sheridan, President Clinton's outgoing assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflict, was astonished when his offers during the transition to bring the new Pentagon leadership up to speed on terrorism were brushed aside.
The Commission interviewed Brian Sheridan, the Assistant Secretary for Special Operatoins and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) during the period Able Danger was in existence; as well as several other senior and mid-level managers in SOLIC.
The highest level on the civilian side that I'm directly knowledgeable of was that the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict was aware because I briefed him on this. [Editor's Note: Brian E. Sheridan
held that assistant secretary position at the time.]
received a briefing from me [in 2000] on Stratus Ivy, my unit, and I gave him information on what we were doing for Able Danger
comment to me was, "You need to get on those guys and push them harder.