Joseph A. Brendler, Sr. Major General, US Army (Retired)
Principal and Founder Brendler Consulting , LLC
MG (ret.) Joseph Brendler is a senior executive and thought leader with more than 30 years of experience managing large organizations specializing in delivery of information technology (IT), networks, and cybersecurity solutions. He has led strategic and tactical planning; engineering and operations; budget, program, and contract management; change management; partnership development; and service delivery. Clients benefit immensely from MG Brendler’s technical, organizational, strategic, and administrative expertise and experience.
Prior to starting his consulting company, MG Brendler was Chief of Staff for the United States Cyber Command. In that role, he directed, integrated, and synchronized the activities of the USCYBERCOM headquarters and led and mentored all staff officers, including the nine executive-level (flag) staff principals. MG Brendler coordinated and prioritized all efforts of the 2100-person staff to ensure a focus on the most important tasks, thus enabling the command and its components to provide the worldwide defense of all US Department of Defense (DoD) networks and the delivery of full-spectrum cyber effects supporting operational commanders throughout the US military. Previously, as Director of Strategic Planning, Policy, and Partnerships, MG Brendler was responsible for the development of strategy and plans for the evolutionary growth of USCYBERCOM and the execution of its missions to defend the nation against the threat of significant cyber attack. He participated in the development of US military cyber doctrine and of DoD and national cyber policy.
Earlier, MG Brendler served as US Army Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space (AONS), where he had oversight of Army network operations and led Army network architecture and strategic planning. Prior to that, he was responsible for policy and operational oversight of all communications and information systems employed by NATO and US forces in Afghanistan as Chief of C5ISR, US Forces J6, and NATO Forces CJ6, ISAF. MG Brendler also served as the Chief of Staff for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for two years, prior to his last deployment to Afghanistan.
MG Brendler earned his BS and MS in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He also earned an MS in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Master of Military Arts and Science in theater operations from the School of Advanced Military Study. MG Brendler is a member of the Board of Directors of Warrior Expeditions and a member of the Board of Advisors of CSFI, MCPA, and a number of firms in the Defense and IT Industries. He is a member of the Cyber Committee of AFCEA International and an active member of IEEE, AUSA, and AOC. He holds a TS clearance, CI polygraph.