Duncan Brown
Director, Strategic Assessments Program
National Security Analysis Department
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown is the Director of the Strategic Assessments Program (SAO) at APL. The SAO conducts analyses and assessments of national security strategy, policy, and technology trends. Recent efforts have included providing analysis and advice to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on hydrodynamics research; leading and facilitating several strategic planning efforts for APL, including one that examined potential geopolitical futures and their impact on national security as well as research and development; leading efforts to examine U.S. defense planning scenarios from a strategy and policy perspective for Office of the Secretary of Defense policy; serving on a National Academy of Sciences panel to examine data mining to counter terrorism and its privacy implications; leading an effort to examine future U.S. nuclear policy in the context of potential global security crises; and, finally, conducting an effort for the National Intelligence Council and National Counterterrorism Center to examine the potential state of terrorism in 2025 and its implications for U.S. counterterrorism strategy.

Prior efforts have included leading U.S. submarine force wartime readiness assessments, creation of a Navy Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Program, technical oversight of a hyperspectral program aimed at anti-submarine warfare, serving on a Naval Research and Advisory Committee panel to examine issues associated with transitioning technology, serving on a Naval Studies Board panel to examine the role of experimentation in building future Naval Forces, and serving on a National Reconnaissance Office panel to assess the future use of space. Mr. Brown has also served on the Navy staff in the Pentagon as the Science Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, in the Pacific as the Science Advisor to the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet, and in the Pentagon as the Director for Submarine Technology. He has also headed the Hydrodynamics Branch at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI.

Mr. Brown holds an M.S. in technical management from The Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.S. in engineering science from Hofstra University. His professional education includes postgraduate work in national security studies at Georgetown University. He was also a Fellow in Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest (an MIT program) as well as Harvard’s Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

Mr. Brown has received three Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards, a Naval Award of Merit, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Science Award, and several APL Special Achievement Awards. He is a board member of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a member of the board of trustees for the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, and is involved with the Boy Scouts of America.