Brenda Oppermann, J.D.

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Research Associate Leadership & Ethics
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Brenda Oppermann serves as an advisor, researcher and senior program manager for military and civilian organizations focusing on human domain issues and organizational effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include: leadership, transition, stability operations, human rights, informal justice, civil-military operations, international development, and women and security. She has extensive experience working in fragile states and areas of conflict and post-conflict in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Iraq
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Leadership
  • Middle East
  • Peace Operations
  • Security Cooperation

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

M.A., Yale University

B.A., University of California Irvine

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"An Address" Lecture Series: Lecture 3

Mar. 26, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

NATO’s Achilles Heel: Russian Political Warfare

Mar. 21, 2018
The National Interest
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