Brendan Stickles retired this past November after 22 years of military service. Over his career as a naval aviator, he flew three different tactical jets for over 3,500 flight hours, landed safely aboard an aircraft carrier 550 times, and flew over 50 combat missions.
He was most recently the Special Advisor for Defense at the White House under both Vice President Harris and Vice President Pence. Prior to that, he was the commanding officer of an EA-18G “Growler” squadron that won two consecutive “Battle E” awards for combat efficiency.
He was commissioned through the Naval Academy, holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and a masters from Harvard. He spent a year at the Brookings Institution where he published on the economics of national security, military retention, veteran’s issues, and military family policy.
Brendan’s blog ‘Time to Stop Playing Football’: