He comes to Fordham after 33 years of government service, most recently as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013–2017). His other positions have included Deputy National Security Advisor, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and founding Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
In a New York Times story announcing the appointment, Brennan said:
“I used to take the bus from my home in New Jersey then two subway transfers to the Bronx to go to school,” he said. “I wanted to give back to Fordham because I felt my time there was so important to me.”
As a Distinguished Fellow at the center, Director Brennan will contribute his expertise and insights as a leading practitioner in national security to the Center on National Security’s mission of bringing to public attention issues of national security, foreign policy, governance, and the rule of law. He will participate in conferences, workshops, and other events hosted by the center.
He also plans to serve as a mentor to students who wish to know more about government service and professional opportunities in the field of national security.
The Center on National Security was established in 2011 as a non-partisan think tank devoted to issues of national and global security. It is headed by Karen J. Greenberg, its founding director.
Director Brennan follows a long line of prominent experts and practitioners who have spent time as Fellows at the Center, including terrorism expert Peter Bergen, New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, and former NYPD and Pentagon official, Michael Sheehan, and many others in the fields of journalism, government, and the arts.
Together Director Brennan and the Center on National Security look forward to enhancing public education and understanding on some of the most pressing issues of our times.