Brandon Pugh

Brandon Pugh

Topics: Criminal Law & Procedure • Education Policy • Federalist Society • Foreign Policy • International & National Security Law • Politics • Security & Privacy

Brandon Pugh is the director and a resident senior fellow for the R Street Institute’s Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team.

Outside of R Street, he serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a national security law professor at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, having previously served as a paratrooper and international law officer. Brandon is also a nonresident fellow with the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a member of the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Research Advisory Board, and a board member for both the Ithaca College Cybersecurity Program and a governor’s advisory council.

Prior to joining R Street, Brandon was legislative counsel for the New Jersey General Assembly Minority Office, where he handled nearly all policy and legislation on cybersecurity, emerging technology, and privacy. He also provided legal and policy advice to the 28-member caucus on almost every committee area from judiciary to commerce.

Brandon has served as a fellow with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; managing editor of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare; president and CEO of a homeland security advisory company; member of the Rutgers University Cybersecurity Program Board; and an elected and appointed official at the local, county, and state levels. This includes service as vice president for legislation of the New Jersey School Boards Association, a quasi-governmental entity representing the state’s nearly 600 school boards. His early work was in emergency management and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents.

Brandon has presented and been published dozens of times; delivered congressional testimony; appeared on C-SPAN and other networks; trained congressional staff on cybersecurity; contributed to the U.S. Army’s critical infrastructure resiliency project; prepared cybersecurity guidance sent to thousands of public schools; and led events with senior military and intelligence community officials. He has received awards for his work from members of Congress and a governor of New Jersey, among others.

He holds a JD from Rutgers Law School and a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey. Brandon is a master continuity practitioner through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a certified information privacy professional, a certified information privacy manager, and a fellow of information privacy. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and the District of Columbia, along with being admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Brandon lives in New Jersey with his wife, who serves as an Air Force pilot.


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