Aaron F. Brantly

Assistant Professor


526 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Cyber Conflict and Security
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Internet Governance

Professional Activities

  • Integrated Security Destination Area
  • US Army Cyber Institute
  • Combating Terrorism Center, West Point


  • Ph. D. University of Georgia
  • MPP The American University
  • B.A. Queens University of Charlotte

Awards and Honors

Superintendent’s Award for Excellence, United States Military Academy

Cyber Leadership Award, US Army PEO C3T

Best Paper 2011 Intelligence Studies Section, International Studies Association

Selected Publications


Brantly, Aaron Franklin. 2016. The Decision to Attack Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.


Brantly, Aaron and Damien Van Puyvelde. [2018] Cybersecurity: An Introduction New York: Polity Press [Forthcoming]

Edited Books

Van Puyvelde, Damien, and Aaron Franklin Brantly. 2017. US national cybersecurity: international politics, concepts and organization. New York: Routledge.


 Matthews, Suzanne, Raymond Blaine, Aaron Brantly. 2016 “Evaluating Single-Board Computers for Cyber Operations”. CyCon U.S. IEEE Xplore

Brantly, Aaron. 2017. “The Violence of Hacking” The Cyber Defense Review 2(1)

Fitzgerald, Chad, Aaron Brantly. 2017. “Subverting reality: The role of propaganda in 21st century intelligence” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 30(2)

Brantly, Aaron. 2016. The Most Governed Ungoverned Space: Legal and Policy Constraints on Military Operations in Cyberspace” SAIS Review of International Affairs 36(2)

Sponsored Research

OSD Minerva R-DEF [2017-2018] – The Cyber Deterrence Problem

OSD Minerva R-DEF [2014 - 2016]- Brantly, Aaron. 2017. “Innovation and Adaptation for Jihadist Digital Security” Survival 59(1)

Additional Information

Dr. Brantly has worked on issues related to cybersecurity from multiple angles including,  human rights and development, intelligence and national security and military cybersecurity. His interests span the political science and computer science divide. He is currently working on a year-long project on cyber deterrence funded by OSD Minerva R-Def.

For further information, please visit Dr. Brantly’s personal website.