Brian A. Young

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Brian A. Young faculty photo


Cmdr. Brian Young is a military professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics. As a career submariner, his at-sea operational assignments include USS Parche (SSN 683), USS Louisiana (SSN 743) and USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735). Ashore he has served as the officer in charge of the Strategic Systems Programs’ Arduous Sea Duty Detachment in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He also specialized in cross-theater engagements at U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa in Naples, Italy. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Army War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • NATO
  • Nuclear
  • Security Cooperation
  • Space
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights


Student, NATO Defense College

Graduate of Senior Course 139.

Africa Engagements Officer at U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa

Specialized in cross-theater engagements, specifically in African partner participation in U.S. exercises in Europe and the Middle East.

Student, U.S. Army War College

Graduated the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

Executive Officer, USS Pennsylvania

Managed the transition of the ship from a single crew in a multi-year overhaul, to two sea going commands.

Officer in Charge, SSP Arduous Sea Duty Detachment

SSP's waterfront lead for SSBN TRIDENT II D5 flight tests and weapon system certifications.

Strategic Weapons Officer, USS Louisiana


Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2015

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2005, Astronautical Engineering

B.S., Texas Tech University, 1997, Engineering Physics

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