Brian Hendrickson

Senior Advisor, Defense Innovation


Brian Hendrickson is Chief of Mission at SANS Institute and Executive Director of the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation. He serves on the board for the Military Family Building Coalition and is an Advisor to 8VC.

Brian is a retired Rear Admiral and completed tours in Naval Special Warfare including assignments to SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 3, Naval Special Warfare Support Activity 1, Naval Special Warfare Unit 4, Naval Special Warfare Group 1, Naval Special Warfare Group 10 and Naval Special Warfare Command. Joint assignments include United States Military Group Colombia, Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF)-Horn of Africa, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF)-Arabian Peninsula, CJSOTF-Afghanistan, JSOTF-Philippines and United States Special Operations Command. His service overseas includes Operations Restore Hope, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Previous flag officer assignments have included assistant to the Vice Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Military Deputy at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, and Director of Theater Engagement (J7) U.S. Southern Command. He served his final assignment as director, Network Engagement Team, U.S. Southern Command.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.