Brian M. Mazanec

Director, Defense Capabilities and Management

Areas of Expertise:

  • International security
  • Counter terrorism and countering violent extremism
  • Cyber operations
  • Foreign military sales
  • Intelligence and counterintelligence
  • NATO
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
  • Security assistance and cooperation

Brian Mazanec is a Director in GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management team. He oversees work on intelligence community management, personnel security clearances, artificial intelligence, sensitive activities, space policy/operations, and other emerging warfare issues.

Prior to his current position, Brian worked as an Acting Director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade team. He led work on intelligence and counterintelligence, counterterrorism, building foreign partner capacity, cybersecurity, and foreign military financing and sales. Brian joined GAO in July 2009.

Brian earned a Ph.D. in International Security from George Mason University. He also has a master’s degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond.