Senior Advisory Panel
A 1972 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Brown majored in Marine Engineering. At the University of Michigan he earned a masters degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a second masters in Industrial and Operations Engineering in 1977. A Masters of Business Administration degree was awarded to Rear Admiral Brown in 1986 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1994, he graduated from the Naval War College with a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. RDML Brown completed Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 1996. In 1997, he was selected as the first black flag officer in the Coast Guard.
Rear Admiral Brown served as Damage Control Assistant and Assistant Engineer Officer aboard Coast Guard Icebreaker BURTON ISLAND and Small Boat Maintenance Type-Desk Officer, Naval Engineering Branch. Coast Guard Headquarters, he served in the Small Boat Branch. Rear Admiral Brown served as Engineer Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS, was an instructor in the Marine Engineering Department at the Coast Guard Academy, and served as Executive Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter RUSH. A Program Reviewer in the Office of the Chief of Staff, he has also served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. Rear Admiral Brown served as Chief, Budget Division, Office of the Chief of Staff. He served as Commanding Officer, USCG Integrated Support Command, Portsmouth, VA. His flag assignments include; Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics. RDML Brown retired in 2005.
From 2005 to 2012 he was an executive in IBM’s Supply Chain Management Global Business Services and Homeland Security Federal Team. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a Senior Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute focusing on Strategic Logistics Analysis.
2005 Co-Chair of Secretary Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security Second Stage Review for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. 2006 The National Academies, he provided a critical review of The National Research Council’s draft report The Role of Naval Forces in the Global War on Terror for the Naval Studies Board. 2007 Led a Comprehensive Review of the Coast Guard Academy’s leadership and character development programs, including its academic and athletic programs, and its cultural and diversity climate. 2008-2012 Served on the Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC), the senior scientific advisory group to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Chief of Naval Research chartered to provide independent science and technology assessments, recommendations and alternatives to address current and projected scientific issues and technologies relevant to the Navy and Marine Corps. 2011-2014 Executive Fellow for the Institute for Defense and Business.
Served as Board Member Boys and Girls Club of King County; Vice President of The South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training (not-for-profit), Life Member National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) (not-for-profit), Life Member Blacks In Government (BIG) (not-for-profit), Board Member STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education Program for Boys and Girls Clubs (not-for-profit). Executive Fellow, Institute for Defense and Business.