Brett is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He commissioned into the Air Force in 1981, completed pilot training and began flying the F-15 fighter. He deployed several times to Southwest Asia and completed over 100 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and others. Brett commanded multiple combat units and in his final command he led the Air Force’s largest combat wing, the 18th Wing, in Okinawa Japan. His command and staff responsibilities included aviation operations and maintenance, logistics, hospital services, personnel and community support, human relations, contracting, financial operations, security and civil engineering.
After 28 years of leading flying operations, Brett transitioned into the field of IT and cybersecurity. His first position was the Director of Communications for United States Pacific Command. He was responsible for CIO and CISO functions and his 150-person directorate designed, implemented and operated all command and control networks in the Pacific. In his final active duty assignment, Brett served as the Director of Operations for United States Cyber Command. He led a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all DOD networks as well as the planning and execution of authorized offensive operations. Brett is well known as the person who “operationalized” cyberspace operations. He designed the organizational structure and operating concepts that DoD currently follows as they build out capability to defend the nation and protect our national interests from cyber threats.