lectures at the Naval Postgraduate School's
Center for Homeland Defense and Security
served six months in Iraq as the director of security policy for the CPA/MOI
, where he
wrote or led the security policy initiatives for the Iraqi Police Service (IPS), Department of Border Enforcement (DBE), Facilities Protection Service (FPS), and the Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate.
Prior to that, Dr. Brannan served as a political scientist for the RAND Corporation (from 2000 to 2005), working on areas related to terrorism, insurgency, and law enforcement with particular expertise related to domestic theologically-motivated political activism.
still contributes to RAND research on occasion as an adjunct political scientist and regularly publishes in academic journals, tactical journals, edited books, and government reports.
Two recent publications include a primer for law enforcement, Preparing for Suicide Terrorism, and a chapter on left and rightwing terrorism in The Politics of Terrorism.
holds a joint honours Master of Arts and PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.