LCDR Brian M. Harrington

National Security Affairs Fellow

Lieutenant Commander Brian Harrington, representing the U.S. Navy, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2021-22 at the Hoover Institution. 

Lieutenant Commander Brian Harrington was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia before being commissioned through Officer Candidate School.

LCDR Harrington is a Surface Warfare Officer with afloat tours onboard Guided Missile Destroyers (DDGs) and at an Expeditionary Riverine Squadron. He has served as a Combat Systems Officer, Weapons Officer, Boarding and Force Protections Officer, and Rescue Swimmer for afloat operations in PACOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, the Horn of Africa and expeditionary operations inSoutheast Iraq. Most recently Brian served as the Operations and Plans Officer at Task Force SIX FOUR , the Sixth Fleet Integrated Air and Missile Defense cell in Naples, Italy.

LCDR Harrington attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he received a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies with a focus on Europe and Eurasia with Outstanding Thesis recognition. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal, as well as multiple unit and service awards.

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Analysis and Commentary

Trust Starts On The Deckplates

by LCDR Brian M. Harringtonvia U.S. Naval Institute
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

[Subscription Required] Effective teams are built on a foundation of trust, which empowers individuals, encourages open communication, and allows leaders to focus on the big things. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis put it best when he explained, “The more trust there is inside a unit, the more strain that unit can withstand.”

Analysis and Commentary

The US And NATO Must Counter Russia's Dominance In The Black Sea

by LCDR Brian M. Harringtonvia The Hill
Thursday, November 4, 2021

With heightened tension in the Taiwan Strait and overarching national defense guidance emphasizing China as our top priority, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s visits last week to former Soviet bloc countries remind us we must balance this focus with due attention to revanchist Vladimir Putin and the Russian coercion of neighboring states in the Black Sea.