Lieutenant Commander Bradley R. Hoffman, US Navy, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for academic year 2023–24. Throughout his career, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman has worked in the areas of intelligence, information warfare, and submarine warfare. He has been deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, Qatar, and the Arabian Gulf.

A native of Castle Rock, Colorado, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in 2003. While in initial training for his enlisted trade, he earned an appointment to the US Naval Academy, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. 

At sea, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman served as a division officer on USS Chicago (SSN 721) from 2009 to 2012, and as the targeting officer on the staff of Commander, Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11), from 2016 to 2019. During his tour on Chicago, he deployed to the Western Pacific aboard USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) and earned designation as a qualified submarine warfare officer. During his tour on CVW-11’s staff, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. 

On shore, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman served as an intelligence watch officer and as the lead analyst for Central Africa in the Joint Intelligence Center, US Transportation Command from 2013 to 2016, where he earned designation as a qualified information warfare officer. In 2020, he graduated from the US Naval War College and the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School with a Master of Arts degree in Defense & Strategic Studies and designation as a joint planning officer. In his most recent assignment, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman served for nearly three years as Chief of Plans in the Directorate of Intelligence on the staff of Commander, US Pacific Fleet. During his time at the Pacific Fleet Headquarters, he achieved designation as a member of the Navy’s Space and Indo-Pacific cadres. 

Lieutenant Commander Hoffman has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. He is the recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards).

His policy interests include talent management, Indo-Pacific security issues, advanced and emerging technologies, and the use of space and near space for national security.

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