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Brenda S. Farrell

Director, Defense Capabilities and Management

Areas of Expertise:

  • Defense business operations
  • DOD strategic human capital management

Brenda S. Farrell is a Director in GAO's Defense Capabilities and Management team. She oversees a portfolio of audits on military and civilian personnel issues, including medical readiness, sexual assault, pilot workforce management, the personnel security clearance process, and whistleblower protections.

Since beginning her career at GAO in 1981, Brenda has conducted and led audits covering a broad range of defense and national security issues. She became a director in her current team in April 2007.

Brenda received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Louisville, and in 2001 earned a master's degree in national resources strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In March 2007, she graduated from the CAPSTONE program at the National Defense University for newly appointed general and flag officers.


DOD’s and U.S. Coast Guard’s Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault In The Military
Military Hazing and DOD’s Efforts to Stop It
Women in Combat
DOD's Efforts to Combat Domestic Abuse