Brent Guernsey retired from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in December 2017 with 34 years of federal service as an imagery analyst.
He now teaches analysis and critical thinking skills to intelligence and law enforcement officials throughout the U.S. government for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.Brent enlisted in the US Navy in 1980, and he later received a commission. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS KALAMAZOO (AOR-6), and he later took a reserve commission, where he changed his designator to Special Duty Officer (Intelligence). He retired from the Navy as a Commander after 23 years of service. His awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, permanent Joint Chiefs of Staff badge, and the Surface Warfare badge. Brent was an NGA imagery analyst, monitoring world navies, weapons of mass destruction and denial and deception activities. He supervised four analytic branches during his time at NGA, and he completed his NGA career as a Senior GEOINT Officer. His awards include the National Intelligence Council’s Foreign Denial and Deception Award, the NGA Analysis Teamwork Award, several peer awards, and the NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. Brent completed three Intelligence Community Joint Duty Assignments (JDAs), all with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Policy Liaison Officer for a National Intelligence Manager; instructor with the Intelligence Learning Network; and Presidential Daily Briefer for the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Deputy Secretary of DHS, and the DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis.
Brent has a BA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.