Brenda Oppermann, J.D.

Associate Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
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Brenda is an Associate Professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. A “pracademic,” she has extensive experience as a practitioner and academic working on conflict, peace, security, stability operations, informal justice, and gender equality. A senior advisor and subject matter expert, she has 30+ years of experience -- including more than seven years in conflict-affected countries -- working with the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and assorted NGOs. She has worked in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Middle East
  • Terrorism
  • Women, Peace, and Security

Professional Highlights


Special Advisor

Support Flag Officer/SES leadership development efforts.

Special Advisor

Assist in operationalizing the U.S. Navy Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority with a specific focus on agile learning, innovation, leadership, and organizational change.


J.D., Western New England University School of Law, 2004, International Law

M.A., Yale University, 1994, International Relations

B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1985, Comparative Literature

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Research Contributions and Publications

External Memberships and Associations

Women in International Security (WIIS)
Non-resident Senior Fellow and Legal Advisor

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