Brendan Groves is the Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs at Skydio, an American company dedicated to making drones more useful by making them smart. Before joining Skydio, Brendan held senior positions in the federal government. He most recently served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In that role, he managed the Department’s national security policy portfolio, handling a wide range of issues, including counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence, reviews of foreign investments, cyber operations, and export controls.
Brendan also led DOJ’s drone program, developing one of the largest public safety programs in the world and overseeing the creation of a groundbreaking policy expanding the use of drones across DOJ’s components (FBI, ATF, USMS, DEA, and BOP). As a member of the FAA’s Executive Committee on UAS, Brendan played a leadership role in shaping the government’s approach to integrating drones into the national airspace. In addition, he led the effort to counter the threat posed by malicious drones, spearheading the development and passage of legislation—known as the Preventing Emerging Threats Act—authorizing federal law enforcement officials to detect and disrupt drone threats nationwide.
Brendan’s career began as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he advised commanders of remotely piloted aircraft squadrons on operational issues, deployed to Afghanistan with joint special operations forces, and served as the chief prosecutor of a military installation. Following his military service, Brendan served as the Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the National Security Agency and clerked for a federal appellate judge.
He has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for the Handling of Legislation, the National Security Division’s Award for Excellence, the NSA Director’s Award, and two national awards from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including the National Intelligence Community Junior Attorney of the Year. Brendan is a graduate of Yale Law School and Pepperdine University.